Mauricio Pochettino will be sticking around at Tottenham Hotspur for a while longer.
Spurs fans, rejoice.
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Pochettino, 44, confirmed in his press conference on Friday that this week he has verbally agreed a two-year extension to his current deal with Spurs after holding talks with chairman Daniel Levy over the past few months.
The Argentine boss has been linked with a move to Manchester United, Chelsea and most recently Paris Saint-Germain — the former PSG defender admitted he dreams of managing them one day — but has said he will sit down in the coming days to sign the deal with Levy.
“I can say now that we reached a verbal agreement with the club to extend my contract here for two years more,” Pochettino said. “From now until 2021, I extend my contract with the club. We don’t sign yet but we have reached the verbal agreement to stay here for the next five years.
“It’s an easy decision,” Pochettino added. “When you are happy and when you feel the love of the people and the potential of the club is massive. 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.”
Those comments will put Spurs fans at ease and will see Pochettino locked in at White Hart Lane until 2021.
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In just his second season in charge the former Espanyol and Southampton manager has led Spurs from a fifth-place finish last season to second in 2015-16 and they are still battling for the title as they head into the final three games of the campaign. The head to Chelsea on Monday (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) as they hope to take full advantage of any slip up by Leicester City on Sunday.
Tottenham’s progression under Pochettino has been clear with the north London side fielding the fifth youngest team, on average, in Europe and the youngest in the PL.
There’s the sense that even of Spurs don’t manage to launch an incredible comeback (and Leicester falter) to win the title this season, they’ll be set up for success in the foreseeable future as long as Pochettino is around.