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22nd Jul, 2016 | 2:28pm

Argentina to approach Tottenham boss Pochettino over manager role - report

By Alex Taylor

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is to be approached for the vacant managerial role for the Argentinian national team, according to reports.

La Nacion claim that Armando Perez, the Argentina Football Association chief, plans to open talks with the Spurs boss in August.

Pochettino is contracted to the north London outfit until 2022 but could be tempted to manage his country of birth and a global football powerhouse.

The manager has placed himself among the best coaches in the world after moulding his Tottenham team into a pacy and creative attacking unit, capable of breaking down some of the tightest defenses in world football.

The report also claims that Perez will speak to Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone and Sevilla’s Jorge Sampaoli about the position.

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The news comes after five-time player of the year Lionel Messi retired from playing international football with Argentina, following yet another Copa America failure.

Pochettino arrived at White Hart Lane in May 2014 and is contracted to Spurs until 2021.

The South-American has twice won the Copa del Rey with Espanyol in 2000 and 2006 and been awarded the Premier League manager of the month award twice in two years in north London.

In other Tottenham news, Spurs are in advanced talks with Ligue 1 side Marseille over a loan deal for winger Clinton N’Jie – and supporters were not too pleased as they feel he has not been given enough opportunities.