Pochettino: This is what would not happen if Levy sacked me at Tottenham
By Harry Sykes
Mauricio Pochettino has claimed it would be impossible for him to manage Arsenal if he was sacked by Tottenham.
The Spurs manager likened the possibility of him taking the reins at Barcelona to moving to Emirates Stadium following new rumours swirling around a return to Spain.
Pochettino insists that his strong links to Barcelona’s city rivals Espanyol – he played for and managed the club – rule out him out of ever managing the Spanish champions.
“I am an Espanyol supporter. If Daniel Levy sacked me in a few years, it would be impossible to manage Arsenal,” said the Argentine, as quoted by the Evening Standard.
“In football it is difficult to keep values like loyalty but to me loyalty and honesty come before being a manager or a player. I am an Espanyol fan and I love Espanyol. Now I am at Tottenham it would be impossible for me to move to Arsenal one day.”
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Pochettino was forced to defend himself after he was seen meeting Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu in the Catalan capital, where the Argentine has a home, during the international break.
“It was a coincidence in a bar in Barcelona last Tuesday,” Pochettino told the Standard. “I have known him for a long time, before he became president of Barcelona. There were many people around us.
“We said hello, we spent five minutes together but that was the reality. You know that after that it is impossible to stop the rumours.”
Pochettino, who signed a five-year contract last May, has continued to enhance his reputation in his third season at White Hart Lane.
Spurs currently sit second in the Premier League and are on course to qualify for the Champions League for the second consecutive campaign.
They are also in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, where they are preparing for a mouthwatering showdown against bitter rivals Chelsea.
Pochettino’s side return to action on Saturday when they travel to Burnley for a Premier League fixture aiming to keep their slim title hopes alive.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the London giants have won the race to sign a 32-goal striker who has taken the league by storm.