Pochettino rejects Sampdoria job
Espanyol manager Mauricio Pochettino says he has rejected the chance to take over as Sampdoria boss.
The Argentinian has been at the Spanish club for the last three and a half years but has been linked with positions elsewhere as he struggled to cope with the financial restrictions in place at the Barcelona-based club.
Sampdoria, who beat Varese 3-2 on aggregate in the Italian play-off final to seal their return to Serie A, have reportedly been weighing up whether to replace Beppe Iachini after just one season in charge.
However, Pochettino, who has a contract at Espanyol until 2015, will not be taking over and says he wants to stay in Spain.
He told Espanyol's official website: "I had offers but I will stay. I have rejected them, my heart lies here."