Tottenham learn Mauricio Pochettino stance as Daniel Levy steps up pursuit of PSG boss

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Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino is open to leaving the French heavyweights this summer, but he wants Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to meet two crucial demands in order to return to north London, according to reports. Pochettino has been heavily linked with the Spurs vacancy in recent days after it became clear that a second spell at the club is not beyond the realms of possibility.

The 49-year-old enjoyed a productive five years at Tottenham between 2014 and 2019, overseeing a period of considerable improvement despite failing to end their long and painful trophy drought.

He cultivated one of the best playing squads in the club’s history and led them to a Champions League final two years ago, but was dismissed just months later after an uninspiring start to the following campaign.

Levy decided to replace Pochettino with a proven winner in Jose Mourinho, but the ‘Special One’ failed to conjure up any magic and was relieved of his duties in April after just 15 months at the helm.

His departure has left Spurs in need of a top-class operator capable of elevating the club to the next level, and it appears as though Levy is prepared to renege on his previous verdict and reinstate his former manager ahead of next season.

The 59-year-old is believed to be keen on mounting an approach for Pochettino, who could decide to call time on his short spell with PSG after failing to win this season’s Ligue 1 title.

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Levy has personally telephoned the Argentine coach on a number of recent occasions to discuss the possibility of a return to Spurs, but he will be forced to bow to the latter’s demands in order to seal the deal, according to AS.

The report claims that Pochettino would be happy to return to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on two conditions, the first of which is a long-term contract of at least four years.

He would also like to exert a significant influence over the management of the club and their dealings in the transfer market, a freedom that he does not enjoy in Paris.

Although Pochettino is willing to leave PSG, he is said to be aware that it will be tricky to depart this summer as a result of the one-and-a-half-year contract he signed with the club back in January.

The former Espanyol and Southampton boss is also believed to be greatly appreciative of the trust placed in him by club chiefs in selecting him as the right man to replace Thomas Tuchel.

Despite Tottenham’s interest, they could face a battle to secure Pochettino’s services with Real Madrid also said to be keen admirers.

The Spanish giants are on the lookout for a new head coach to replace Zinedine Zidane, who resigned from his post earlier this week after the club’s first trophyless campaign in 11 seasons.

Real are also keeping tabs on recently departed Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte but have earmarked Pochettino as their No 1 target, according to the Daily Mail.

Meanwhile, former Spurs defender Alan Hutton has declared that he would be surprised if the London club manage to tempt their old coach into making a return to the fold.

“I’m really shocked, if I’m really honest,” Hutton told Football Insider.

“I mean, he’s just in this PSG job and for him to leave that to go back to Tottenham, where he was fired, it’s a bit strange for me. We all know that he was working on something at Tottenham, he was building something.

“It got to a stage where it probably needed, not an overhaul, but it needed a change of faces within the squad. Daniel Levy didn’t back him and then it all kind of fell apart after that Champions League game.

“Obviously, it didn’t end on the best terms. So, he [Levy] would have to come out and admit he made a massive mistake in then bringing him back. Do you really want to go back to the overall grind again? It is very difficult.”

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