Tottenham Hotspur contact Mauricio Pochettino over return to Premier League

Argentine manager could be set to leave current job at PSG after less than six months in charge

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Mauricio Pochettino could be set to leave his current job as manager of Paris Saint-Germain after less than six months in charge and return to former club Tottenham Hotspur.

Multiple media outlets in the UK say Spurs have been in touch with Pochettino, who was sacked by the Premier League outfit  in November 2019.

The Athletic were reporting that Pochettino was interested by the idea of a quick return to London but that PSG do not want their coach to leave, meaning the Argentine would have to resign if he wanted out.

The French club were not prepared to comment on "rumours" when approached by the PA news agency and responded by putting out an interview of Pochettino talking about doing "great things in the future".

Pochettino only took over at PSG in January and led the team to French Super Cup and Coupe de France wins but were pipped by Lille for the Ligue 1 title by one point. It was only the second time in nine seasons that the Parisians failed to be crowned champions.

PSG were knocked out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage by Manchester City, after beating Bayern Munich and Barcelona in the previous rounds.

Pochettino was replaced by Jose Mourinho at Spurs, who led the club to a sixth-place finish in his first season and the League Cup final in his second – but was sacked days before the Wembley defeat against Manchester City.

Academy coach Ryan Mason was put in temporary charge until the end of the season.

Despite the reports of a move back to Spurs, Pochettino said on the PSG website that he was looking forward to making progress at the club.

"With this way of working, and with the desire to be able to develop other kinds of ideas on the pitch, it will be possible to do great things in the future," he said in an interview conducted on Monday.

"I think that in football you are never satisfied because perfection doesn't exist. But we are always looking for that satisfaction that we can't find, because I always believe that football challenges you every day and that from season to season you have to be better and better."

He also talked about how he was looking forward to playing in front of fans at the Parc des Princes. "This is something that hopefully will be solved soon and we will be able to have this strength again and with our fans, create this bond that makes the team better and will help us to achieve the goals that we have set," Pochettino added.