Pochettino still optimistic of managing Real Madrid

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has not given up hope of managing Real Madrid despite Zinedine Zidane returning to the Santiago Bernabeu.

The Argentine boss has been mooted to take over the Red Devils and with United yet to name caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the permanent manager, there’s still a chance he could get the job.

Poch who formerly managed Espanyol was equally linked to a switch to the Los Blancos job, however, Zidane’s return ended those speculations.

And despite penning down a long-term deal with Spurs, Pochettino is still optimistic about the possibility of managing Real in the future.

“I don’t have the feeling of having missed the Madrid train,” he told reporters at the Mediterranean International Cup and cited on team talk.

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“I don’t look at things long-term. I am happy and I have a contract for another four seasons.”

Asked whether he had been approached by Madrid before they sacked Solari, Pochettino responded: “Did they call me? You are trying to get me into trouble.

“There are always rumours, not only about myself but about other players and coaches, but 90 per cent of them are fake.”

Pochettino has seen his side drop from the lofty position of title challengers to challenging for a Champions League spot.

But the north-Londoners resolve will be further tested when they travel to Anfield to face Liverpool after the international break.

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