According to The Daily Star, Mauricio Pochettino will reject any approach from Chelsea for his services.
Roman Abramovich wants the Argentine as successor to Antonio Conte, who is set to leave the club after Saturday’s FA Cup Final against Manchester United.
Pochettino, of course, hinted his future hinges on transfer funds after we once again finished trophy-less but in third place in the Premier League adding that he wanted chairman Daniel Levy and the club needed to “take risks and be brave” to win trophies.
Pochettino’s words have been seen as his way of calling for the north Londoners to spend big in the transfer market this summer and pay top wages to keep their established stars, however it is now believed Levy is ready to back Pochettino and that Chelsea’s advances will be rejected by the 46-year-old, who is happy at Spurs and keen to carry on his project of next season’s move into the new stadium.
The article adds that Chelsea will have to look elsewhere, but they do seem to be cooling their interest in Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri.
The Blues would have to pay Juventus a compensation fee to lure Allegri away, and they are reluctant to fork out extra money on top of the Conte’s severance package.
So this story seems like it’s being extinguished quicker than it emerged.
Eden Hazard Fuels Chelsea’s Fears of Summer Exit
Chelsea forward Eden Hazard has thrown fresh doubt over his future at Stamford Bridge and refused to guarantee that he will be at the club next season.
The Blues have been working hard to make sure Hazard signs a new contract, but the Belgian has yet to commit to fresh terms and has kept the debate over his future at the club open.
Real Madrid has long been keeping tabs on the Belgium international and there are suggestions that the club could make a move in the summer window to snare him away from Chelsea.
And Hazard has done little to dissuade Chelsea from fears that they could lose him before the end of the upcoming summer window.
The 27-year-old indicated that he wants Chelsea to bring in fresh players before he agrees to continue at the club, but even then he has not clarified whether he will be a Blue next season.
He admits that a good World Cup could change things for him and while he is happy at Chelsea, the winger stressed his desire to experience a fresh challenge.
Asked about his future at Chelsea, Hazard told Nieuwsblad: “We’ll see what happens.
“I would like new players to arrive, not because we are bad now, but because we want to evolve and grow.”
He continued: “The World Cup won’t be decisive, but things can happen there that can have an influence [on my decision].
“Who knows, maybe I’ll have a good World Cup and something will happen.
“I feel happy at Chelsea, but I have mixed feelings because I would like to discover new things as well.”