Tottenham fans react to speculation top-level talks with Barcelona to commence
By Alex Stevens
Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly set to open talks with Barcelona – and Tottenham fans have begged him not to quit White Hart Lane.
Italian news outlet Tuttomercato claimed on Wednesday night that Spurs manager Pochettino was in line to meet with officials from the Spanish giants by Friday.
It is said that the Tottenham boss is seen as a “hot and concrete idea” for the Spanish club as they identify replacements for Luis Enrique.
Pochettino signed a five-year contract at the end of last season that ties him to White Hart Lane until the summer of 2021.
Tottenham fans are confident the Argentine will not quit for Barcelona despite the considerable allure of the Spanish champions.
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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Absolutely love Poch ???? #COYS
Also, pleeease don’t leave us for Barcelona https://t.co/WBXKzSHDHo
— Vasos Panteli (@vasospanteli) March 2, 2017
Poch isn’t going Barcelona
Kane isn’t going Man U
End off….sorted ???????? #coys
— jay (@32yid) March 2, 2017
Poch aint going nowhere #coys
— Andy TTID (@Bytor14) March 2, 2017
— Angry Man (@MyRanting) March 2, 2017
— Andrew Baker (@andyb4ker) March 2, 2017
— James Beckley (@mrjimbecks) March 2, 2017
Pochettino has emerged as one of the favourites to become the next Barcelona boss after it was confirmed on Wednesday that current Nou Camp chief Enrique will be leaving his post at the end of the season.
Pochettino has transformed Tottenham into a top-four club since his arrival from Southampton in 2014, but has yet to secure the silverware to match his impressive overhaul.
Spurs finished third last season after strongly challenging for the title and are second in the league ahead of their clash against Everton on Sunday.
Pochettino began his management career in Spain with Espanyol, who are Barcelona’s arch-rivals, but his previous ties to the club are not likely to deter Barcelona in their hid to make the Tottenham chief their next manager.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a forward has signed after Spurs agreed terms on an out-of-window deal.