Guillem Balague delivers verdict on how Tottenham ace is viewed in Spain
By Dominic Toner
Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has revealed that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is very popular at Barcelona.
The Spanish giants are beginning their search for a new man to take the hot seat at the Camp Nou next season, with current boss Luis Enrique announcing that he will step down at the end of the season.
He announced the decision after Barcelona’s 6-1 league victory over Sporting Gijon and will be leaving when his contract expires in the summer.
Balague was discussing a list of potential candidates for Barcelona’s next manager and revealed that Spurs boss Pochettino is well liked in Spain.
“I know that Pochettino has got a lot of fans at Barcelona,” Balague told Sky Sports.
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The Daily Star reported in January that Pochettino was on a shortlist of potential future successors at Barcelona and they will now be forced to press forward with speaking to candidates.
Spurs fans will be desperate that Pochettino ignores the speculation surrounding interest from Barcelona and remains at White Hart Lane.
The Argentinian is an extremely popular figure at the north London club and looks set to guide them to back-to-back top four finishes, with the riches of the Champions League a great reward for the club.
He has managed to bring a strong squad at Spurs and has a young English core at the heart of it.
They are now establishing themselves as a strong outfit in the Premier League and Pochettino has been crucial to their success.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club only paid £9million for one of their summer signings.