MAURICIO POCHETTINO up for the challenge of Real Madrid – but getting him out of Tottenham will be a tricky task for president Florentino Perez.
Pochettino has turned Spurs into Champions League regulars on a shoestring budget.
And the rapid development of the north Londoners under the Argentine hasn’t gone unnoticed at the Bernabeu.
However they are aware getting him on board as Julen Lopetegui’s long-term replacement won’t be easy.
Journalist Duncan Castles issued an update on Real president Perez’s manager hunt on the latest episode of The Transfer Window podcast.
“Daniel Levy refused to let Pochettino join the club”
“We know he tried to hire Mauricio Pochettino in the summer, was only blocked from doing so because Daniel Levy refused to let Pochettino join the club.
“We know Pochettino is still interested in the job.
“But can he get Pochettino now?
“I don’t think that’s viable even though Mauricio Pochettino might like that to happen.”
One criticism labelled at Pochettino is Tottenham’s failure to win a trophy under his guidance.
But the Spurs boss thinks glory is just around the corner for the club who last claimed silverware in 2008 when they beat Chelsea in the League Cup final.
“I think we’re so close to getting the last level, but we need to have that patience that makes us stronger,” Pochettino said.
“I think we’re strong enough to sort out all the problems and arrive, and in the end to achieve what the club and fans deserve, and in the end all we want to achieve one day is to win trophies.”
Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo, whose side welcome Spurs to Molineux tonight, said: “Tottenham are very competitive.
“What I admire is what I see on the pitch and I see a very good team.
“I know him [Mauricio Pochettino] and I admire him. The quality of the work they’ve been doing is amazing. The core of the squad, the amount of success they have had.”