Danny Mills has insisted Mauricio Pochettino would be taking a backwards step by returning to Tottenham.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United and England defender insisted the Argentine took Spurs as far as they could go in his first spell at the club.

Football Insider revealed on 29 May that the club had made contact with the Paris Saint-Germain boss about a potential return.

French publication Liberation, via Get French Football News, claimed on Tuesday night Pochettino has now informed the PSG hierarchy he wants to quit.

“Tottenham weren’t brilliant the season they got to the Champions League final,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“It’s always been a five-year project at Tottenham and it started to go wrong towards the end under Pochettino. One of the main problems and the biggest issues in that was no money, no finance to bring in other players.

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“He needs five new players to reset the squad. Is Pochettino going to go back there when it’s another four or five-year project? I just can’t see it happening.

“I really can’t see that happening. I think it would be a very strange move. He’s done a five-year project and took them as far as they could go.

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“Will he want to start from scratch and you’re going to lose Harry Kane. I can’t see Harry Kane being at Tottenham.

“They’ll be no money to spend. Isn’t that what caused the issues in the first place? Is it the right fit to go back? Surely it’s a step back for Pochettino.”

In other news, Tottenham have made up their minds on signing a Premier League centre-back as a “huge” offer is readied.