Mauricio Pochettino has cleared up speculation surrounding his future as Tottenham Hotspur manager by claiming that he has no intention to leave the club any time soon. The comments were made in response to reports last week that the Argentinian FA were hoping to speak to the 44-year-old about the possibility of him taking over as the country’s new national manager.
Pochettino was linked with the role, alongside Diego Simeone and Jorge Sampaoli, but has distanced himself, claiming that he is happy to remain in North London for the foreseeable future, “I think the speculation is normal because I am an Argentinian coach at a top club in England. There are a lot of rumours that appear in the media but I am happy at Tottenham and for that reason, this is not the right moment”.
This news will alleviate any worries that Spurs supporters may have had about losing their manager, who worked wonders last campaign by guiding the team to a 3rd-place finish in the Premier League. Pochettino has already moved to strengthen his squad with the signing of Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen as he attempts to build a squad capable of building on the success of last season.
Meanwhile, the Daily Star are reporting that Southampton are interested in signing Kieran Trippier in a deal worth around £5 million. The Bury-born full-back snubbed the Saints last summer in order to join Spurs but spent the majority of last season as back-up to Kyle Walker.
The south coast side are confident that Trippier can be tempted to leave Spurs after making just six Premier League appearances last season. At 25, the defender will surely feel as though he needs to be racking up as many games as possible during his peak years, and although he has presumably learnt a lot from being coached by Pochettino, he should probably move on in order to further his career. Walker was impressive at right-back last season and looks likely to continue as the club’s first choice this season so it would come as no surprise if Trippier decides to leave rather than spending another year on the bench.
Finally, Pochettino has announced that Nabil Bentaleb, Alex Pritchard and Federico Fazio have no future at the club and are free to seek transfers elsewhere during this transfer window. The trio are notable absences from Spurs’s pre-season tour of Australia, which had originally prompted rumours about their impending departures.
Swansea are thought to be pondering over a move for Pritchard, who has impressed in loan spells at Brentford and Swindon Town, as well as in his 9 games for the England Under-21s side. The 23-year-old has struggled to make the jump up to first-team level though, and was shipped out on loan to West Bromwich Albion in February, where he made just two league appearances. Now, the time is right for Pritchard to move on and make a name for himself elsewhere.
As for Bentaleb, he has been linked with a loan move to Portuguese champions Benfica. The 21-year-old has made 46 Premier League appearances during his time at White Hart Lane but struggled for games last season following the emergence of Eric Dier and Dele Alli.
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