A familiar theme has cropped up at Tottenham Hotspur this week in the shape of rumours linking Mauricio Pochettino with a move away from the club.
Tottenham’s scintillating performance at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night has evoked fresh speculation regarding Pochettino’s future in north London.
Rumours linking him with a move to Real Madrid have cropped up at regular intervals throughout Pochettino’s time as Tottenham manager, but he was quick to address the latest set of reports infront of the British media (via The Guardian).
“Should he [Levy] be worried? No – [it’s] because he’s a worry man. That is different. He suffers. Because he’s jealous about me. He’s a very jealous person. Because of the rumours, eh?”
That Pochettino has approached the subject with such a brazenly tongue-in-cheek attitude is indicative of how sure he is of his desire to remain in the Spurs hotseat.
Pochettino later went on to undermine those who expect him to declare his commitment to Daniel Levy.
“It’s like when the sporting director or the president appears to say: ‘We trust in the manager.’ And the next game – lose and he is out. If you reassure [over] something, it’s because you are thinking in different [ways].”
It is a breath of fresh air to see a manager making light of such a tentative subject, and his verdict on the situation is bound to bring a smile to the faces of Spurs supporters, not only as a consequence of his apparent desire to stay in north London but also due to his infectious charm.
Pochettino cut an incredibly enigmatic figure during the early stages of his time at Southampton, communicating exclusively through the use of a translator and stubbornly refusing to speak in English until he was confident enough in his proficiency to answer as accurately as possible.
The attitude he observed towards his communication with the media provided a glimpse into his personality: he is a perfectionist who sets immensely high standards for himself.
Now, the Argentine is not quite commanding a perfect grasp of the English language, but the manner in which he expresses himself has endeared him to both Spurs supporters and the British media.
Take into account how his perfectionist tendencies translate into Tottenham’s performances and it’s clear to see why he is so universally popular. If the club are to step up another level and lift an elusive trophy in the coming years they will need Pochettino at the helm.
His latest admission indicates that he is not taking reports seriously, and the manner in which he has brushed them off can only be beneficial for the atmosphere around the club.
With Pochettino in charge Tottenham are destined to enjoy an incredibly bright future.
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