Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Tottenham prepared to reject all approaches for Chelsea target Pochettino

Tottenham prepared to reject all approaches for Chelsea target Pochettino

He also told chairman Daniel Levy - famed for his low-priced transfer deals and strict wage structure - he needed to "take risks and be brave" to end the club's hunt for silverware.

It was claimed on Tuesday that Pochettino is the Blues' number one target to replace Antonio Conte, who is widely expected to leave Stamford Bridge after Saturday's FA Cup final against Manchester United. Champions League qualification provides stability and a solid foundation for the club to build upon next season.

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Wembley recorded a 77,000 plus attendance against Leicester City on the final day of the season as Spurs beat the Foxes 5-4 to end the season as the third team in the league and in the process qualify for the Champions League.

If Real do make a move for Pochettino, Levy "holds all the cards". He is determined to get assurances from Levy that they are in a financial position to compete for trophies.

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The fact he has played second fiddle to Ben Davies at left-back for most of the season, making just 17 appearances, perhaps gives insight into Pochettino's mindset, but the 27-year-old has vowed to come back and fight for his place after the World Cup.

Danny Rose, the Tottenham Hotspur player who has been most outspoken about the club's previous lack of investment in players, has urged them to support manager Mauricio Pochettino as he pushes for the resources to challenge at the top of the Premier League next season.

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It will be still a massive shock if Pochettino decides to join local rivals Chelsea but it is very much possible as it seems.

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