Walker reacts to Pochettino agreeing new Tottenham contract, shares manager's greatest skill
By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes
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Kyle Walker has expressed his relief that Tottenham have reached an agreement with Mauricio Pochettino on a new five-year contract.
The Spurs manager announced on Friday afternoon that he will extend his stay with the club until 2021. Pochettino’s current £3.5million-a-year deal runs until 2019.
“I’ve been waiting for someone to say that for ages now. He’s said it. Thank God for that! I’m over the moon about that,” said Walker, as quoted by the Daily Telegraph.
“It is a relief. There is always going to be speculation. It happens all the time. This player is going here, this manager is going there but I think that’s not for me to talk about or for any other player to talk about.”
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Football Insider revealed last month that Spurs want to make Pochettino the best-paid manager in the club’s history by nearly doubling his salary.
The Argentine has overseen the dramatic rise of a young squad in his two years at the helm.
England international Walker gave some insight into what makes Pochettino such a trusted figure among the players.
“For me, he’s not just the manager on the pitch but it’s how he is off the pitch. That says everything for me,” Walker told the Telegraph.
“There’s young players here now, sometimes they do need an arm around them and to say, ‘you can do this’. Sit them down, ‘look at the TV screen, you can do this better’.
“If you’re not doing something right, he’ll come and show you or let you know. He let’s you know in the right way. It’s just everything about him. His aura, as well.
“The foundations are set now. And he is a big part of that. It’s fantastic that he’s staying. Hopefully, onto bigger and better things now.”
Pochettino, 44, joined Tottenham in May 2014 after leaving Southampton and has continued to enhance his reputation as one of the hottest properties in the managerial market.
Tottenham hopes of winning their first league title in 55 years were substantially reduced last Monday when a 1-1 draw against West Brom left them seven points behind leaders Leicester with three matches of the season remaining.
Nevertheless, they are almost certain to clinch a top-four spot that guarantees qualification for next season’s Champions League.
In other Tottenham news, chairman Daniel Levy has emerged as the best-paid executive in the Premier League.