Mauricio Pochettino urged to snub Arsenal and wait ‘six months’ for Man Utd or Real Madrid

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Jermaine Jenas thinks Mauricio Pochettino should snub Arsenal and wait for a bigger job.

Mauricio Pochettino has been told by Jermaine Jenas to snub a move to Arsenal. The Gunners are interested in the Argentine after sacking Unai Emery last week. But Manchester United and Real Madrid could come calling at the end of the season.

Pochettino spent five years as manager of Arsenal’s north London rivals Tottenham so there are doubts over whether he would take charge at the Emirates Stadium.

Ex-Spurs midfielder Jenas reckons Pochettino should wait for United to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer or Zinedine Zidane to leave Real Madrid.

“Arsenal’s a huge football club and I’m sure the wages would be great for Mauricio,” Jenas told BT Sport.

“I put myself in his shoes though and would say his stock is far higher than that personally.

“I think the job he did at Tottenham puts him in another bracket.

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“I think if I was Mauricio I’d be sat there going well I’ll have six months off to recuperate and rest as I have been working non-stop for six years. Come the end of the season there’s a good chance that Manchester United might ring the phone, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid.”

Tottenham sacked Pochettino in November, just six months after he guided the club to the Champions League final.

Jose Mourinho was appointed as Pochettino’s successor and has won all of his opening three matches across all competitions.

And the Portuguese boss was very complimentary of the foundations which were put in place before his arrival.

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He even offered Pochettino the opportunity to return to the training ground whenever he wanted.

When asked if he had been in contact with the axed manager, Mourinho said: “I didn’t because I know what he’s feeling.

“I’ve been there and I know that there is a period where the best thing for us sometimes is to process our feelings, to process what happened with us.

“And then, in a couple of weeks – depends two, three weeks – I think then we are open again to the world. We are open again to embrace a different period in our lives. So I want to respect that and give that feeling to him.

“I spoke with his son, who is a player in our youth categories, and I think through his boy he can understand my feelings too. And of course I will call him. But I want to let him process.

“I also told the players in contact with him to make him feel completely free to come here any time he wants. If he wants to come for a training session, great. If he wants to come for a dinner in the lodge with the boys, perfect.

“If he wants me to be here, I will. If he doesn’t want me to be, and he just wants to be with the boys, let’s do that way.

“I just want him to feel that this house belongs to him. Five-and-a-half years in football now is long, long time.

“So he must feel completely free to do as he feels in relation to the players and the staff and the club.”

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