Mauricio Pochettino will snub offers from “bigger clubs” and remain at Tottenham next season, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds United and Coventry City striker is a huge admirer of the “brilliant” Spurs manager, who has steered the club to the Champions League semi-finals.
Tottenham’s hopes of securing a top-four Premier League spot this season suffered a dent on Saturday when they lost 1-0 at home to West Ham, their first defeat at their new stadium.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Whelan is in no doubt that Pochettino will be in great demand this summer but expects him to extend his five-year spell in north London.
“He won’t just ditch Spurs, that’s not how he works,” Whelan said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if Real Madrid and Barcelona are sniffing around him, but he feels he has a job to do at Tottenham and won’t be satisfied until he has completed it.
“Pochettino likes to test himself and that’s what makes him one of the best in the world. He is a brilliant manager. You can’t say he hasn’t been successful at Tottenham even though he hasn’t won a trophy.
“I’ve no doubt he will stay next season and look to tick the trophies box. It’s the one thing that will nag away at him.”
Pochettino took over as Spurs manager in 2014 and signed a new, five-year contract last May that means any club wanting to prise him away would have to pay a massive compensation fee.