Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has put the ball firmly in chairman Daniel Levy’s court by insisting he would be happy to sign a 15-year contract with the north London club.
Levy is quoted in Spanish journalist Guillem Balague new book that would love nothing more than for Pochettino to still be in charge of Tottenham in 10 to 15 years’ time.
On the eve of his side’s seismic Champions League battle with defending European conquerors Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu, Pochettino has hinted at a long-term stay at Spurs.
“I am very happy with Tottenham and I hope I stay 10 or 15 years here. If he wants me to, I would love to sign that contract,” said Pochettino, whose side boast an identical record as Real in Group H having won both of their opening matches.
“It is up to him. It is always up to the owner or the chairman whether you keep your position as a manager for a long or a short time. It is all about him. I am so happy at Tottenham. I have enjoyed my time here a lot. This is a club with big potential.
“We are waiting for new stadium, the facilities we will be the best in Europe, and we only need time to develop in the same way, try to build a competitive team and win a trophy.
“I am so happy to hear that Daniel Levy is so kind to me and is telling everyone what he expects from me.”
Tottenham are set to be boosted by the availability of full-back Danny Rose and midfielder Mousa Dembele after long-term injuries, although Pochettino has confirmed that the former is unlikely to be in a position to start the clash.
Rose has been sidelined since January with a knee injury, while Dembele has been struggling with an ankle problem since Tottenham’s Carabao Cup victory over Barnsley last month.
Real manager Zinedine Zidane, meanwhile, has described Tottenham striker Harry Kane as a “complete player” and fanned the flames of a potential future bid to lure the goal-hungry forward to the Spanish capital.
“I don’t know what will happen in the future, but regarding the present, he is a very important player, key for Tottenham,” said Zidane.
“He is good at everything and whatever he does, he always aims for goal. He doesn’t stay still on the field, but always attacks space with speed. He is a complete player, which didn’t seem to be the case early in his career, but in the end this is what he is.”