Pochettino agrees new Tottenham contract until 2021

Date published: Friday 29th April 2016 1:35

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Mauricio Pochettino has announced he plans to extend his Tottenham contract by two years until 2021.

The 44-year-old Argentinian boss, who has been linked with Manchester United, has verbally agreed a new five-year deal which should quell the talk of a switch to Old Trafford.

The former Southampton boss, who arrived at White Hart Lane in May 2014, has not yet to put to paper on the contract but he claims he sign the deal by next Tuesday.

Pochettino, who was rumoured to be set to agree a new deal last month, has steered Spurs to second place in the Premier League and the north Londoners still have an outside chance of winning the title, trailing Leicester by seven points with three games to go.

His success has inevitably led to speculation that other clubs may try to recruit him, with some reports claiming Manchester United would view him as a good fit to replace Louis van Gaal.

But he is now poised to extend his contract with Tottenham and said on Friday: “It was an easy decision when you feel the love of the people and the potential of the club is massive, so why change?

“We create a good atmosphere on the training ground and I think we can achieve big things in the future. I believe in this project and this club. I want to stay here.”

Pochettino¬†was Tottenham’s fifth appointment in seven years when he took charge in 2014 but he has nurtured a talented squad, with his side on the brink of Champions League qualification this season.


Spurs are also due to move into their new 61,000-seater stadium in 2018-19 and Pochettino hailed a bright future for the club.

“We started to speak before, a few months ago, and today I think is a good moment to communicate we have reached the verbal agreement,” Pochettino added.

“I am very happy. I wanted to stay for many reasons. Tottenham have unbelievable potential. We created after two years here a great group of players.

“We have a very strong squad, young, with potential to be a top team. The staff and the supporters are unbelievable, there is massive potential, why not stay here?”

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