The new contract of English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino does not contain a release clause, allowing him to leave for record European football champions Real Madrid.
According to a BBC report, Argentine Pochettino has been heavily linked with the Spanish giants since Zinedine Zidane stepped down. But the 46-year-old Argentine signed a five-year extension with Tottenham last week.
“I take it (rumours about joining Real Madrid) naturally, it does not affect me at all,” Pochettino was quoted as saying by Madrid-based newspaper Marca.
“I renewed recently for five years. I am very happy with my current team, I enjoy the day to day (work). I am excited about my club’s project and I’m fully focused on the present. But you never know what can happen (in future),” he added.
Adding to it, the Argentine manager said that leaving Tottenham after signing new deal would not put down a good impression to the club’s chairman, Daniel Levy. “It would be disrespectful to Daniel for me to force a move. I’ve just renewed with Tottenham and I am happy. I enjoy what is happening and what has to be will be. The link now with Madrid is normal and I take it with all normality. I’m committed to Spurs and still have a long contract with them I just signed.”
Zidane stepped down on Thursday after leading Real to a third consecutive Champions League title. Pochettino joined Tottenham in May 2014, and led them to fifth, third, second and third spots in EPL in his four seasons in charge. Pochettino was effusive in his praise for Real Madrid. “They’ve won four Champions Leagues in five years and three of them in a row,” he explained. “They are a team of great players and one of the best in history.”