Mauricio Pochettino 'won't be allowed to join Man Utd - not even for £50m'


Daniel Levy will steadfastly refuse to let Mauricio Pochettino leave Tottenham – even if suitors Manchester United offer £50m.

That’s the stern message said to be coming out of Spurs as the chairman told his board the Argentinian manager is going nowhere

The Sun claim that even if United offer more than the value of the 46-year-old’s contract, he still staying at Tottenham.

Even though interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won his first five matches, former Southampton boss Pochettino remains the number one choice at Old Trafford.



Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and Pochettino as the new stadium was being built

Spurs face United on Sunday at Wembley as Solskjaer aims to keep that fine run going.

And before the match Solskjaer, who has made no secret of his desire to take the job on a full-time basis himself, admitted he can see why the Spurs boss is a major contender.

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“He’s done a very good job,” said Solskjaer. “He’s one of the – the speculation is there for a reason, because he’s done well.



Caretaker Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of Manchester United speaks

“But it’s not my job to rate different managers – my focus is on me and my team.”

Pochettino has four years left on a £34m deal – which United could be tempted to pay up, and offer more on top to get Levy to part with the ex-Espanyol boss.

However such is Levy’s resolve that United will have to draw up a shortlist of other candidates in case they don’t get their main man.

Earlier in the day Pochettino claims he is the one man who can really negotiate with ­Tottenham chairman
Levy.

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino prior to the match

Of course, he may change his mind if he tries to wriggle out of his four-and-a-half-year contract this summer.

But the relationship at the heart of the Spurs success story is a key reason why ­Pochettino could reject ­Manchester United’s advances at the end of the season.

The unexpected harmony the Argentine seems to have with his chairman could be enough to convince him that nowhere is the grass greener than at the club’s new stadium.



Daniel Levy chairman of Tottenham Hotspur prior to the Premier League match against Everton FC

Sir Alex Ferguson ­famously said in 2015 that dealing with Levy had been more painful than his hip ­replacement, but Pochettino joked he was the one manager the Spurs chairman actually seemed to get on with.

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“For me, it’s the ­opposite,” he said. “If there was one person who was easy to do business with, it was Daniel. Historically, other ­managers were the opponent of Daniel. They always fight with Daniel. It’s only me maybe that has a good relationship with him!

“Negotiations were more difficult for him than me – I am the manager and he ­cannot upset me.



Mauricio Pochettino poses with Chairman Daniel Levy after signing a new contract until 2021 with Tottenham on May 12, 2016
Mauricio Pochettino poses with Chairman Daniel Levy after signing a new contract until 2021 with Tottenham on May 12, 2016

“If we are talking about ­extending a contract or giving me more money, you need to be careful. With agents, you can talk very openly and say anything you want and the agent will manage the ­situation.

“But when you are talking directly to your manager, one word can change the negotiation or change your mind.

“For him, that was new and it was tough every time he needed to talk to me.”

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