Mauricio Pochettino will not sign a new contract at Tottenham until he is assured the club’s best players will not be sold, it has been reported.
Pochettino still has three years remaining on the five-year contract he signed in 2014, but Spurs are eager to tie down the Argentinian for even longer and are widely reported to have offered him a new £5.5million-a-year deal until 2021.
Pochettino has said he would like to put pen to paper, but The Times claims the 44-year-old will only do so with assurances from Spurs chairman Daniel Levy that key players like Harry Kane and Dele Alli will not be sold.
Speaking on Friday, Pochettino said: “Do I want to sign a new contract? Yes, why not?”
“But in the end you can see that nearly two years ago I signed a five-year contract. There are still three years and three months (left).”
Spurs have sold star names in the past – Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Carrick – but Pochettino has questioned why any of his current group would want to leave.
“I think the players are very happy here,” Pochettino said. “They want success here in the future all together because their morale is great.
“Our supporters need to enjoy and not be worried about the future because the future of Tottenham and the potential is massive.
“I think Tottenham today is in a very good place. We have great facilities, our supporters are fantastic – why find another place? For the players, they feel at home here and I think me too.”
Pochettino also revealed he will negotiate the terms of his new contract himself.
“The best agent for me is myself,” Pochettino said. “As a player yes I had an agent, but as a manager, when I stopped playing football, I stopped my relationship with my agent.
“It was always one agent I had. I wanted to manage my life. But I do not disagree with the managers who have agents. I think I can deal with the offer.”