Poch: Levy 'worried' I will go

Mauricio Pochettino

Jonathan Veal

Mauricio Pochettino has joked that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is "worried" about reports linking him with other jobs.

The Argentinian is often mentioned as a future Real Madrid or Manchester United coach and his stock has increased further after guiding Spurs into the Champions League knockout stages.

Pochettino, brought to north London by Levy in 2014, said, tongue-in-cheek, that Levy was concerned by the speculation, not that he felt the need to put his chairman's mind at ease.

"He no laugh," he said. "I don't get bored about reading the reports but, maybe, he is worried.

"But it's normal. It's not nice for Daniel to hear all that history."

Pochettino did, however, reveal that Levy was enduring sleepless nights in his drive to leave a lasting legacy at the club.

Levy is currently consumed by delivering Spurs' new stadium - a project that's suffered escalating costs, delays and problems.

But there could be good news on the horizon as Tottenham, who host Burnley today, are expected to announce test events at the state-of-the-art arena early next month. Pochettino added: "The chairman is suffering a lot. He is so tired about work. The last few months he didn't sleep because he is trying to deliver the stadium.

"It's a massive project. People don't realise the magnitude of the project and how difficult it is to manage everything.

"Everyone is disappointed because we are still not playing there, but the day we move everyone is going to realise how good the facilities are.

"He is not an easy man. But he is so passionate to create some things for the fans and the staff and the players. I think he deserves fantastic recognition."