Two reasons cited as Real Madrid put an end to Pochettino pursuit

Real Madrid have reportedly abandoned their pursuit of Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, according to Sky Sports.

The La Liga giants had made the Spurs chief their top target after Zinedine Zidane walked away from the club on Thursday.

However, the reported lack of a release clause in the Argentine’s new contract and the prospect of dealing with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy seems to have led to Real ending their chase for the former Espanyol and Southampton chief.

Levy proved an incredibly tough negotiator when Real were trying to force through moves for Luka Modric and Garerth Bale, while Pochettino’s new contract does not contain a clause to allow him to move to The Bernabeu if Real register their interest.

Indeed Sky Sports‘ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague revealed: “Real could see there was so many positives in signing him, not just the fact he can deal with the stars but how he improves players and how he works with youth players as well.

“But what they had in front of them was the possibility of negotiating with Daniel Levy for perhaps a month, even longer, with no guarantees whatsoever that they were going to get him.

“They know that Levy is a very tough negotiator, with Florentino [Perez, Real Madrid’s president] having been in touch with him in recent seasons. They’ve decided to abandon the possibility of signing Mauricio Pochettino.

“That makes life very difficult for Real Madrid because there is not someone you could consider an automatic candidate after Pochettino.

“They will have to look at other possibilities including all the managers that are already in a job with a contract.


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Real have twice tried to take managers from the Premier League in the past, being snubbed by Rafael Benitez and Arsene Wenger, but Balague claims that this latest attempt did not even come close.

He added: “Real started fishing and put the idea out there in the media to see what the reaction was, but straight away they realised there was no clause for Pochettino to leave.

“They leaked to the media with the idea of adding pressure that there was a deal between Levy and Pochettino where he could leave for Madrid, but that was also false and very quickly quashed by Spurs. There really was no door half open.”

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