The Clearest Indication Yet That Mauricio Pochettino Won't Be Joining Manchester United
Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino said he was open to staying at the club for years and building a club in the way Arsene Wenger managed at Arsenal.
The Argentinian continues to be linked with Manchester United but in the press conference ahead of tonight's Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea, he was only talking about how he wants to build something special at Spurs.
"I hope, or I wish to be here 20 years, and decide to leave or to finish my career here," he said. "I am so focused here, and want to help the club to achieve what the club want to be in history.
"It would be fantastic. I am so happy to be here. I am so happy to work in that pressure. Why not?"
When asked about maybe emulating his former rival Wenger, Pochettino gave a diplomatic response. "I don't know because I need to ask (Wenger) one day, if I have the possibility if he is so happy in the way that he finished," he said. "What I saw from my point of view, it was so unfair how the people treated him."
Pochettino is locked into a five-year contract and should United want him to become the next permanent manager at Old Trafford, they will need to pay an estimated £35million.
"Spurs need to operate in a different way to win titles" said Pochettino. "At the moment it is fantastic, but we will see if it is enough to challenge in the next five years. At the moment we operate in the same way as five years ago when we arrived. Maybe we can win some titles but it is going to be a tough job to do because in that situation every club in the last five years was improving a lot.
"I saw a stat that in the last 10 years we were bottom of the spending list in Europe. We are doing a fantastic job but if we want to be real contenders we need to operate in a different way in the future.
"The most important thing is I accepted the challenge when Daniel Levy called me to offer me a contract. He was clear, him and (owner) Joe Lewis, they said to me 'In the first season at the new stadium we need a team to finish in the top four the season after.' We are in advance. Sometimes I laugh when people say we need to win a trophy. Yes (we do), but we are in advance.
"We are in an amazing position, the club is finishing one of the best stadiums in the world, the team is so competitive."