Mauricio Pochettino is bizarrely still without a club. The manager took Tottenham Hotspur to new heights during his five year tenure, including a trip to the Champions League final in May of 2019. The former Espanyol and PSG player, sat down to talk with Radio Marca about the recent speculation around Bale’s transfer as well as his future coaching aspirations.
“I signed for Southampton and Bale had just left. I went to Tottenham and Bale again just left before I arrived, and now Bale may go back to Tottenham,” Pochettino laughed.
The coach then dismissed claims that he received any high profile offers from Barcelona or Juventus this summer.
“I was not offered to coach Barca,” he explained. “I did not see myself with Bartomeu. I did eat with Ramon Plane (Barcelona Sporting Director) but that is because we have a friendship for many years, since 2009, when we signed for Espanyol.”
“I don’t know who was putting my name on so many clubs. They had not offered me anything - neither Barcelona, nor PSG, nor Juventus, nor Inter, nor Newcastle. The clubs who called me were Benfica and Monaco,” he revealed.
When asked if he would like the opportunity to one day coach Real Madrid, Pochettino was honest and blunt.
“I don’t know if I will ever coach Madrid, but of course it is my dream. If It’s not the best, it’s one of the best clubs in the world. I am no different, every manager has it on their dream list.”
Many Real Madrid fans would have Pochettino high on the list of potential successors to Zinedine Zidane. If the timeline ever aligns, Pochettino would be welcomed with open arms.