Mauricio Pochettino has set two conditions that Tottenham must grant him if he is to return to the club, according to reports.
Tottenham are continuing their extensive search for a new manager after sacking Jose Mourinho in April. Ryan Mason saw out the season as interim boss, but now a proven coach is needed. And one of the candidates is someone they already know very well: Mourinho’s predecessor, Pochettino.
The Argentine tactician previously spent five years in the Tottenham dugout, leading them to a Champions League final. His time with the club ended in 2019, though, after a sharp downturn in form in the Premier League.
He has since taken over at Paris Saint-Germain, a club he used to play for, and has already won two trophies there. However, he failed to continue their stranglehold on the Ligue 1 title.
That hasn’t put him under too much pressure at PSG despite their huge expectations. The French giants still have him under contract for another year and want him to fulfil it.
But Pochettino is reportedly growing unsettled at the club and his unfavourable share in their balance of power. Therefore, Tottenham could try to lure him back.
It is believed that Daniel Levy regrets sacking the former Southampton boss, with whom he has now been in contact over a potential return that would send shockwaves through the capital.
Given his situation in Paris, Pochettino could be open to the return. But according to AS, he has two conditions that Levy must meet before he says yes.
Poch talks his time at Spurs
Mauricio Pochettino spoke on Monday Night Football about leaving Tottenham and said he holds no ill-feeling towards the club over his dismissal.
First, Pochettino wants a long-term contract that would last at least four years.
Second, he wants greater powers in the transfer market than he currently has with PSG.
If Tottenham can’t meet those requests, Pochettino will have plenty of other options. Staying in Paris is the obvious one, where he is thankful for the faith the club have shown him despite not being fully satsified.
But he also has admirers at Real Madrid, who need to replace Zinedine Zidane after his resignation. The Spanish giants could appeal to the ex-Espanyol boss if he can find a way out of his contract.
Real rival Spurs for Conte
As well as Pochettino, another candidate to emerge on the shortlists of both Spurs and Real is Antonio Conte.
Conte is on the lookout for his next job after recently leaving Inter Milan. He led them to the Serie A title but their financial situation meant they couldn’t keep him. But he will be in demand after his latest achievement and he has been linked with Tottenham.
According to Gazzetta Dello Sport, Conte could be tempted by a move to Tottenham, as he has fond memories of his previous spell in the Premier League with fellow London side Chelsea.
But – just like with their pursuit of Pochettino – it seems they face competition from Madrid.
AS claim that Los Blancos have been in contact with the manager.
SportItalia also confirm that contact, with Conte being elevated to the top of Real’s wishlist.
Tottenham will have to respond if they really want Conte.