Pochettino inks 5-year Spurs deal

LONDON • Mauricio Pochettino has signed his new five-year contract at Tottenham Hotspur, and a clutch of key Spurs players are now expected to commit to longer-term deals.

The manager announced two weeks ago that he had reached a verbal agreement with the chairman Daniel Levy to extend his stay at White Hart Lane, and it has since been a matter of finding time to complete the paperwork.

His previous contract had been due to expire in 2019.

Pochettino's three assistants - Jesus Perez, Miguel D'Agostino and Toni Jimenez - have also signed contract extensions.

"I could not be happier to sign this new contract," he said.

"It was an easy decision for my coaching staff and I because we can feel the appreciation of everyone here - there is no better place to be right now."

The Argentinian has overseen impressive progress since his arrival from Southampton in the summer of 2014, shaping a young squad in his style and pushing hard for this season's Premier League title.

He has secured qualification to next season's Champions League group phase.

It ought not to go unnoticed - and it has not at boardroom level - that Pochettino is £6.3 million (S$12.5 million) in credit on permanent fees spent across his four transfer windows at the club.

Tottenham must finance their new £400 million stadium, and so his ability to succeed without heavy backing on the market is invaluable.

There had been a nervousness among some of his players, who were aware of the stories linking him to joining rivals Manchester United.

However, with his deal officially done, players including Hugo Lloris, Harry Kane, Jan Vertonghen, Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Eric Dier are also set to sign contract extensions.

THE GUARDIAN, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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