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Sissoko reacts to Spurs links with Pochettino

Moussa Sissoko has told Foot Mercato that he was surprised to see the links between Mauricio Pochettino and the Spurs job, but insisted that the former Tottenham boss took the club to amazing heights.

It is well over a month since Spurs parted company with Jose Mourinho. While the supporters were prepared to wait for his permanent successor to be appointed, some fans have been growing increasingly anxious.

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A number of names have been linked with the post. However, there have been few indications – from the outside, at least – that an announcement may be edging closer.

But there was a huge twist last week.

The Athletic reported that talks had been held with Pochettino about a dramatic return to North London.

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The report noted that the Argentinian is interested in potentially coming back to the Premier League.

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It seems like the dream scenario for many Spurs fans. But it is certainly one that most would not have believed was possible.

And it seems that the links have taken the playing squad by surprise also as Sissoko was asked whether the news had taken him aback.

“Yes, I was surprised to see his name appear in the press,” he told Foot Mercato. “He left the club not too long ago and he signed for PSG not too long ago too. Seeing his name mentioned in the papers, it surprised me a little.

“But I also tell myself that it’s a bit normal that the president can think of him again because he had a good time here and he managed to accomplish a lot of great things. He has placed this club at a position and a level where it had never been.”

Links with Pochettino present Spurs with amazing opportunity

Of course, many will insist that Pochettino should be wary of returning to Tottenham.

Admittedly, there have been many cases where someone returning to a former club has not worked out.

But Spurs desperately need to hit the reset button this summer. And Pochettino is arguably the ideal figure to build them up once again.

He arrived at a time when there seemed to be a large gulf between Spurs and the title challengers.

And given that any appointment would be something of a roll of the dice, it seems to make all the sense in the world to turn to a trusted figure at such a pivotal moment for Spurs.

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