Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino was directly asked about his managerial future at Spurs, and perhaps to the surprise of many, he gave a more or less direct answer. Ben Pearce, writing for the Ham&High, reports that not only is Pochettino happy at Tottenham, but he even hinted that he'd be willing to sign a new deal to keep him at White Hart Lane.
"I think Tottenham today is in a very good place. We have great facilities, our supporters are fantastic – why find another place? For the players, they feel at home here. I think me too.
"Yes, why not [sign a new contract with Spurs]? But in the end you can see that nearly two years ago I signed a five-year contract. There are still three years and three months [left]."
Pochettino was then asked whether it would be tough to leave Tottenham after two seasons at White Hart Lane.
"Yes because I think you build a new stadium, you start to build the relationship - emotional relationships.
"We are a team of people, the money is not the only important thing. The emotional link you create with the people here is important, and sometimes it is difficult to take some decisions. It happened with me at Southampton too - it was difficult to take the decision to come here."
This isn't a direct refutation of the stories and rumors continually linking Poche to the likes of Manchester United, but there's a lot like in his response. He's clearly very happy at Tottenham, and acknowledges that the club is on the verge of becoming one of the top clubs in English football. He references the stadium, which is obviously a huge deal for Spurs, and talks about the relationship he has with Daniel Levy and others at the club.
There have already been rumors dating back to January that suggested that Spurs were working on an extension for Pochettino. Daniel Levy obviously is pleased with what Pochettino has managed to achieve this season and the manner of which he has revitalized the club.
But his comments also imply that he will examine all his options if a good opportunity comes along. After all, he did leave Southampton for Spurs, and obviously if the right job offer came along he would consider his future. That said, Chelsea has already hired their new manager in Antonio Conte, and despite continued rumors to the contrary, Manchester United appears to be on the verge of appointing Jose Mourinho. It's looking very likely that Pochettino will be Tottenham's manager for at least another season, and hopefully many, many more.
Poch also spoke to the rumors swirling about big clubs coming in for Tottenham's best players, and expressed his confidence that Spurs would be able to hold on to their stars this summer.
"First of all it’s good if other clubs from England or from another country are interested in our players - it’s a signal we are performing very well, and then I think the players are very happy here.
"It’s impossible to say [what will happen] in the future but be sure the players want to stay here, the players want success here in the future all together because their morale is great.
"Our supporters need to enjoy it, not be worried about the future because the future of Tottenham and the potential is massive."