By Danny Wright
Mauricio Pochettino has declared he is happy to stay at Tottenham despite finding himself linked with replacing Luis Enrique at Barcelona.
The Argentinian, who previously managed and played for Barca’s fierce rivals Espanyol, insists that he has a long-term vision for Spurs and wants to see his work unfold over the next four years of his current contract.
The 44-year-olds odds to be the next boss at the Nou Camp were slashed after Barcelona’s heavy 4-0 defeat to Paris St. Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
“I can’t say anything about [managing Barcelona],” Pochettino said as reported by ESPN.
“I’m at Tottenham. I am very happy, [I have] four more years of my contract, enjoying an exciting project. It’s true it’s not an easy project, but I’m very happy here.
“It’s important to be focused on the game tomorrow. [Barcelona’s defeat] yesterday was a good lesson for all because, if you are not ready to fight at that level, when you compete with a top five or six in the Premier League, Europa League or Champions League, it’s a very similar level… the first thing you need to show on the pitch is you are ready to fight and compete.”
Pochettino has enjoyed a relatively successful career as a manager since taking his first step into the role at Espanyol in 2009.
After three years with the Catalan club where the senior man developed his high-tempo style of play, he had his contract terminated by mutual consent after a tough start to the 2012/13 season.
Southampton hired the former Argentina centre-back in January 2013 where he enjoyed a very good spell as manager winning 23 out of 60 games in charge of the club that had not been in the Premier League for long.
He took charge at White Hart Lane in 2014 and led Spurs to their highest finish in the Premier League era last season when they finished third. The last time Tottenham finished higher was when they were runners up in 1963.
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