Pochettino credits tough negotiator Levy for Tottenham progress

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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has hailed the hardball negotiation skills of club chairman Daniel Levy.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has hailed the hardball negotiation skills of club chairman Daniel Levy.

Sunday’s opponents Manchester United could get a taste of Levy’s skills this summer if they pursue the Spurs boss.

Pochettino is understood to be United’s first choice to take over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer once the Norwegian’s caretaker stint at Old Trafford is done at the end of the season.

Any approach United may make is almost certainly to be met with disdain by Levy, who is renowned as a fierce negotiator, not afraid to upset people in securing the best deal for his club.

Spurs in the past have sold players at will to United, with the likes of Teddy Sheringham, Michael Carrick and Dimitar Berbatov all swapping White Hart Lane for Old Trafford.

Levy put an end to that, ensuring Spurs held on to the likes of Eric Dier, Danny Rose and Toby Alderweireld in recent years amid supposed United interest.

And Pochettino praised his chairman’s approach ahead of United’s Premier League visit to Wembley on Sunday.

‘Daniel is, you know very well, he is so tough to negotiate with him, for the clubs, it’s so difficult, different clubs in England to do business with him,’ he said.

‘It’s not an easy person to do business [with].

‘Of course you need to give the credit because when he was here, 15, 16 years ago, Tottenham was a completely different club, was a club that was fighting in mid-table, with mid-table facilities.

‘And today we are in the top for facilities and in the last few years, the club is fighting with the big sides. That is massive credit to him, of course.’

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