Wednesday 15 August 2018

Spurs hopeful of keeping Pochettino as Blues give up chase

Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino

Matt Law

Mauricio Pochettino has held positive discussions with chairman Daniel Levy over his Tottenham Hotspur future, with Chelsea resigning themselves to the fact there is virtually no chance the manager will push for a move to Stamford Bridge.

Hopes have been raised that 46-year-old Pochettino will stay at Spurs and sign a new contract, with sources claiming talks between the Argentine and Levy have gone well and that more are scheduled.

There were doubts over Pochettino's future last week after he revealed that he would speak to Levy about the direction Spurs are heading in and urged the club to be brave.

He wants the green light to go ahead with a £150m overhaul of his squad and start business, both in terms of ins and outs, much earlier than in previous years.

It seems Levy may be prepared to grant some of his manager's wishes and the chairman remains keen for Pochettino to sign a new deal that could be worth £8.5m a year.

The manager has a growing band of admirers, particularly at Chelsea, who are set to replace Antonio Conte. However, there is little optimism at Stamford Bridge that Pochettino will force his way out of Tottenham to replace Conte.

One of the players Pochettino is interested in signing is forward Anthony Martial, who is also on Chelsea's radar.

Tottenham's hopes of winning the race for Martial's signature could be boosted by the fact that Manchester United are interested in defender Toby Alderweireld.

While there is little prospect of a straight swap involving the two players, both clubs could be more inclined to strike up a deal if they can get what they want.

Telegraph

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