Multiple reports claim that Tottenham Hotspur are ready to offer manager Mauricio Pochettino a new contract.
The Argentine coach, 45, has masterminded a complete rebuild of Spurs’ playing squad and philosophy since he arrived in 2014 and has led them to fifth, third and second place finishes in his three full seasons at the club, as well as reaching the UEFA Champions League knockout stage this season.
Tottenham’s impressive 2-2 draw at Juventus on Tuesday in the Champions League has further enhanced his pedigree as one of the brightest managers in the game today.
Pochettino signed a new five-year contract in 2016 said to be worth over $7.5 million per year, but the former Espanyol and Southampton manager is reportedly attracting interest from Real Madrid and his former club Paris Saint-Germain.
That has led to Spurs being open to sit down with Pochettino at the end of this season to discuss a new contract with improved terms and to extend his stay past 2021. With Tottenham moving into their new $1.1 billion stadium at White Hart Lane for the start of next season, having Pochettino locked in is just as key to their future.
This news is significant as it reaffirms Spurs’ belief that Pochettino is at the heart of everything the club has planned. Harry Kane, Dele Alli and several stars have signed new deals in recent years and there is a much better chance of this Spurs squad staying together if Pochettino remains at the helm.
But if Real Madrid come calling in the summer, can Pochettino turn them down? It seems like that is the next logical step for his career after turning Spurs into perennial title contenders and moving them back to the Champions League with a hungry, young squad.
Now, the one thing we’re all wondering is how strange it will be to see Pochettino put his arm around himself when a photo is taken of him signing his new deal…