Mauricio Pochettino said the word ‘open’ a grand total of nine times as he was keen to emphasise just how open he is to all job offers.
This has been interpreted in some quarters as a suggestion that he would have listened to an offer from former enemy Arsenal – who appointed Mikel Arteta on Friday – though it could be seen as a nudge in the direction of Manchester United.
Pochettino said: “When I say I am open, I am open. I cannot say that I am open but I’m closed to someone.
“It’s different if you receive an approach and you listen and say yes or no. That’s different.
“But you can’t say that I’m open but on that I am not open. You are open and then you are open. Anything can happen.
“When I say I am open, I am open to listen to any club.”
Pochettino was sacked by Tottenham last month after a poor start to the season, just five months after leading the club to their first Champions League final.
Meanwhile, Pochettino’s replacement Jose Mourinho wants Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen to follow Toby Alderweireld in signing new contracts at Tottenham.
Alderweireld ended two years of stalemate on Friday when he finally signed a deal that keeps him at the club until 2023.
It had looked as though the Belgium international was going to leave the club as talks reached an impasse under former boss Mauricio Pochettino, but the arrival of Mourinho has changed the landscape.
Eriksen and Vertonghen have also been stalling on new contracts, with both able to discuss deals with European clubs in 12 days.
The prospect of persuading Eriksen to stay looks unlikely as the Dane is reported to have told Mourinho he has no intention of signing, while the Portuguese has hinted that Vertonghen’s agent is making a deal difficult. Read more…