Mauri­cio dis­misses spec­u­la­tion

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

LON­DON — Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino ( pic­tured) has quashed spec­u­la­tion he could be­come Ar­gentina’s next coach by in­sist­ing he re­mains happy at Tot­ten­ham.

The White Hart Lane man­ager has been linked with the role in his home coun­try along with Atletico Madrid’s Diego Sime­one after pre­vi­ous in­cum­bent Ger­ardo Martino re­signed last month.

Po­chet­tino has re­acted to that, how­ever, by in­di­cat­ing a pref­er­ence to re­main in Lon­don after he led Tot­ten­ham to a third­place Premier League fin­ish last sea­son.

The 44-year-old - speak­ing dur­ing the club’s sum­mer tour of Aus­tralia - told re­porters: “I think the spec­u­la­tion is nor­mal be­cause I am an Ar­gen­tinian coach at a top club in Eng­land.

“There are a lot of ru­mours that ap­pear in the me­dia but I am happy at Tot­ten­ham and for that rea­son, this is not the right mo­ment.”

Martino stepped down in the af­ter­math of his team’s de­feat to Chile in the Copa Amer­ica fi­nal, a match which prompted Lionel Messi to re­tire from in­ter­na­tional foot­ball.

Sources in Ar­gentina had claimed the na­tional as­so­ci­a­tion’s pres­i­dent Ar­mando Perez was due to hold talks with Po­chet­tino, who won 20 caps as a player while he was with Es­panyol and PSG.

His stock is high after Tot­ten­ham spent much of last term chal­leng­ing for the ti­tle and qual­i­fied for the Cham­pi­ons League group phase. — Sky Sports

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