Tottenham Hotspur Daniel Levy a tough negotiator on transfers

Mauricio Pochettino
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 29, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino insists the club’s chairman Daniel Levy is a tough negotiator when it comes to transfers and contract negotiations.

Pochettino feels he has an advantage over his predecessors when it comes to dealings with Levy because he doesn’t have an agent.

The Argentine will face his suitors Manchester United on Sunday, with reports in the English press saying that he remains the favourite to be named the next permanent manager at Old Trafford.

The former Southampton boss has shown little desire to leave Tottenham and recently stated just last week that he can envisage himself staying for the next two decades.

But Pochettino says he’s aware that Levy makes it as difficult as possible for other clubs to take key personnel out of Spurs.

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“Daniel is, you know very well, it’s so tough to negotiate with him,” said Pochettino, according to ESPN.

“It’s so difficult for different clubs in England to do business with him.”

“For me, it’s the opposite. For me, if there was one person that was easy to do business with it was Daniel, personally. For me it wasn’t difficult — I think it was more difficult for him than me. It’s difficult because I’m the manager and he cannot upset me. If we’re talking about extending a contract or giving more money, you need to be careful.”

“With agents, you can talk very openly and say anything that you want and then the agent will manage the situation. But when you’re talking directly to your manager, you need to be careful because one word can change the negotiation or change your mind. I think for him that was new and it was tough every time he needed to talk to me.”

“I negotiate harder when I’m talking about my staff. I’m tougher when I talk about them because I feel a massive responsibility when I talk about the people I bring with me, because they depend on me.”