Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will let Mauricio Pochettino leave the club only on the shock terms that he chooses to walk away from the north London side this summer, according to a report.
The London Evening Standard claim on their website that the Argentinian boss is garnering much interest over a potential move away from Spurs during pre-season, with London rivals Chelsea the latest to join the reported hunt.
It is said that Pochettino is being lined up to replace Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge but that Levy will rebuff any and all moves to prise the manager from the club, as he looks to tie the fans’ favourite down to a new deal.
With any approaches being turned down, the report states that Spurs would only let him leave the dugout if he chose to make a shock departure of his own accord.
Football Insider verdict
With Tottenham readying themselves for a move to their new stadium and a hopeful push for success both domestically and on the European stage on the horizon, it should come as no surprise Levy is wanting to reject any offers that come his way for Pochettino. The Argentine boss has got the club this far with his leadership and their growth is unlikely to come to an end any time soon – especially if the club invest wisely over the summer transfer window. However, this could be Levy’s last chance of convincing him to stay, for a lack of backing and/or success in 12 months time could see Poch want to move on to bigger and brighter things. It is time for Spurs to step up to the plate and hit the heights they have been reaching for over the past couple of years, or Pochettino might not be the only fan favourite leaving north London in a year.
In other Tottenham news, a shock club have ramped up the heat in the hunt for one of Spurs’ £60,000-a-week stars.