Chelsea is considering an approach for Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino if Antonio Conte leaves the club, according to a surprise report on Tuesday.
Italian manager Conte is expected to leave Stamford Bridge after Saturday’s FA Cup final against Manchester United after a disappointing defence of the title he helped the club win in his first season at the club.
Chelsea’s failure to qualify for the Champions League is likely to see Conte move on – and on Sky Sports News believes the club are already making plans to approach Tottenham about Pochettino.
High-profile names such as Maurizio Sarri and Luis Enrique have both been linked with the post, but Sky believes it is Pochettino for whom the club would most like to appoint.
Any approach for the Argentine will obviously be met with huge disregard by Tottenham, who under the Argentine finished third this season and once again sealed a return to the Champions League.
The former Southampton boss – often touted as a potential successor to Jose Mourinho at Manchester United – has three years left on his Spurs contract and on Monday challenged his chairman Daniel Levy to dig deep to provide the funds to take Tottenham to the next level.
“That is a little bit up to Daniel (Levy) of course, to the club, to be happy with us, because after four years I think we need to assess that period,” Pochettino said.
“If we want to play and be real contenders for big, big trophies, yes, we need to review a little.
“I think Daniel is going to listen to me. But you know me and sometimes I have some crazy ideas.
“But you need to be brave. In this type of situation, with a club with our unbelievable fans, being brave is the most important, and to take risks.
“I think it’s a moment the club needs to take risks and if possible work harder than the previous season to be competitive again.”
Asked if he will be Tottenham manager at the start of next season, Pochettino added: “In football, you never know. Today 100 percent I feel I am here.
“It’s out of my hands, it’s not my decision, to be here or not. I depend on my bosses.”