Tottenham Hotspur are willing to offer Mauricio Pochettino a lucrative new contract to lead the club into their £850 million stadium as reward for his impressive work that has attracted a number of suitors. Pochettino further enhanced his reputation with the Champions League draw against Juventus in which Tottenham came from behind to dominate their hosts. Real Madrid are interested in Pochettino, while the Argentine’s former club Paris Saint-Germain are also admirers. But Spurs are desperate for Pochettino to take the club into their new stadium next season and believe he is keen to see out the project he started almost four years ago. Having joined Tottenham in 2014 from Southampton, Pochettino signed a new five-year contract in 2016 worth £5.5m-a-year, which means Tottenham are under no pressure to try to reach an agreement with the 45 year-old. But it will be two years since his last extension in May and Spurs are understood to be ready to hand Pochettino a pay rise and a new deal if he ignores the interest from Real and PSG, and makes it clear he wants to stay put. Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy claimed in Pochettino’s book, Brave New World, that he would like “nothing more” than for the current manager to see through his work over the next 10 to 15 years. And Pochettino responded by saying he would “love” to stay at Spurs for 10 to 15 years and “sign that contract”. Pochettino is highly rated at a number of Tottenham’s Premier League rivals and throughout Europe, but there is a feeling that only Real would stand a chance of convincing him to leave this summer. He did not rule out a move to Real when questioned by a Spanish journalist on Monday night, but also reaffirmed his commitment to Tottenham and insisted he remains excited by the club’s prospects as they prepare to move into their new stadium. Other than considering making Pochettino a contract offer, Tottenham have already started moves to tie Dele Alli down to a new long-term deal and are expected to offer striker Harry Kane another extension this summer. Christian Eriksen, Tottenham’s man-of-the-match against Juventus, believes Pochettino will stay and thinks the fightback against last season’s Champions League finalists offered further proof of how far the club have come under him.
Tottenham to offer Mauricio Pochettino new big-money deal to lead Spurs into £850m stadium as suitors come circling
The Telegraph | Feb 15