Pochettino plays down exit rumours

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has laughed off speculation that he will leave the club after Sunday's north London derby against Arsenal.

Rumours circulated on Friday that the Argentinean could move on after this weekend, despite helping the club reach the Champions League final last season.

A number of bookmakers stopped taking bets on him leaving his post, but the former Southampton manager there being any truth to the rumours. Pochettino was linked with both Manchester United and Real Madrid in the summer and he has played down the suggestions he’s now looking to move on.

He told reporters: “That stupidity can happen through some rumour sending to social media that creates a big, big problem that doesn’t exist. What can I say about a stupid rumour?

“I will not walk away after Sunday’s game. I will be working Monday and Tuesday and then going away for a few days and coming back to meet Daniel [Levy] and watch some internationals.”

Rumours claimed that Christian Eriksen’s future was one of the main reasons behind Pochettino’s exit plan, with the playmaker hoping to leave the club.

After the Champions League final defeat to Liverpool, Eriksen confirmed he wanted a new challenge, and he has been linked with moves to Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

European clubs have until Monday to complete their transfer business, but Spurs are determined to keep him for at least one more season. Eriksen is out of contract in 12 months time but the Denmark international appears ready to end his six-year stay in north London.

Pochettino is under pressure at present after two games without a win in the Premier League. After the draw with Manchester City, Spurs lost to Newcastle United, and they are now seventh in the league table.

Pochettino’s squad are currently struggling with injuries, but they are expected to find their feet after the international break with games against Leicester and Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

However, before the two-week hiatus, they face Arsenal on Sunday in the first derby of the season and another loss will intensify the scrutiny on life at Tottenham for Pochettino.

On Thursday, the club learned their Champions League group stage opponents, with Spurs set to face Bayern Munich, Olympiakos and Crvena Zvezda.

Spurs travel to Greece on Wednesday, September 18 to face Olympiakos, before then hosting Bayern on October 1.

Back-to-games against Crvena Zvezda then follow before they complete their Group B campaign at the Allianz Arena.