Mauricio Pochettino in talks with Tottenham over return to club

Tottenham Hotspur has held negotiations with Mauricio Pochettino about a return to the club. The Argentine departed north London 18 months ago and, after a brief absence due to the epidemic, signed a short-term 18-month contract with his former French club PSG.

While re-appointing Pochettino might be appealing to Daniel Levy as he attempts to mend fences with fans and relaunch the squad into the top four, it would also be extremely tough to pull off. Pochettino’s contract at PSG expires in a year, and the French club does not want the turmoil of losing its head coach.

Pochettino led PSG to French Super Cup and Coupe de France victories but failed to deliver the Ligue 1 crown, falling one point short of Lille. They advanced to the Champions League semi-finals after elimination round triumphs against holders Bayern Munich and Barcelona but were denied a second consecutive final after losing to Manchester City in the last four.

During his five-and-a-half years at Spurs, he led the team to three consecutive top-three finishes, four Champions League qualifiers, ultimately overtaking Arsenal after 22 years in the Premier League, and leading the club to a historic first Champions League final.

Pochettino’s return might also help Spurs keep Harry Kane happy at the club, amid concerns about the striker’s future. The England captain rose to prominence under the Argentine and has a close relationship with him.

Ajax boss Erik ten Hag remains a strong contender for the role and is also believed to be interested in the post, despite the title-winning Dutch giants recently taking up an option to extend his contract by a year.

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