Pochettino inks new 5-year deal with Tottenham

LONDON • Mauricio Pochettino yesterday signed a new five-year contract at Tottenham Hotspur, committing to the Premier League club until 2023.

The Argentinian, who has been linked intermittently with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid, has pledged his long-term future to Spurs in what is a significant boost before they move into the redeveloped White Hart Lane stadium next season.

The 46-year-old's coaching staff - Jesus Perez, Miguel D'Agostino and Toni Jimenez - have also signed new deals.

"I am honoured to have signed a new long-term contract as we approach one of the most significant periods in the club's history and be the manager that will lead this team into our new world-class stadium," Pochettino said in a statement confirming the deal on the club's website.

"This is just one of the factors that makes this one of the most exciting jobs in world football and we are already making plans to ensure we continue to build on the great work that everyone has contributed to over the past four years.

"Daniel (Levy, the club's chairman) and I have spoken at length about our aspirations for this football club. We both share the same philosophies to achieve long-term, sustainable success."

According to various British media, the extension is reportedly worth £8.5 million (S$15.2 million) a year.

Pochettino arrived at Tottenham from Southampton in 2014 and has led them to top-three finishes in their last three campaigns but is still searching for his first trophy with the club. He has managed a club-record 152 Premier League games and has the best points-per-game ratio (1.95) of any Spurs manager in the Premier League.

Earlier this month, he had suggested his future could depend on how brave Tottenham intend to be in this summer's transfer market.

Levy told the club website: "We have been on an extraordinary journey and the times ahead look even more exciting as the club enters the next phase in its history.

"Mauricio has fostered an incredible spirit in the team and has embraced a style of play our fans have loved watching. I know they will welcome this commitment by Mauricio."

THE GUARDIAN

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 25, 2018, with the headline 'Pochettino inks new 5-year deal with Tottenham'. Print Edition | Subscribe