Mauricio Pochettino has recently hinted that staying in England would could be his priority.
Newcastle linked with Pochettino
After over a decade at the helm, Newcastle fans finally look set to part ways with controversial owner, Mike Ashley.
Speculation about a potential takeover of the North East outfit began to ramp up in mid-April.
It was then subsequently reported by The Times less than a week later that a £300 million Saudi Arabian deal to buy Newcastle from Ashley is done, and is now only subject to Premier League approval.
The Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund will own 80% of Newcastle, according to The Times.
It has since been added that the Magpies’ new owners are ready to make a series of cash injections into the club in order to build them into Champions League challengers.
The Daily Mail also claimed that Newcastle’s new owners will be the wealthiest in the Premier League, with the SAPIF said to be worth a staggering £320 billion.
Understandably, since the prospect of being taken over by such a wealthy owner became a real possibility, the Magpies have been linked with some top names in football.
However, one name that seems to be cropping up more than any in regards to a Newcastle switch is Mauricio Pochettino.
Pochettino discusses future
The Argentine has, of course, been out of work since leaving Tottenham back in November of 2019 after a dismal run of results.
However, despite the fairly underwhelming end to his stint in north London, Pochettino should still be regarded as one of the top managers in Europe and would no doubt be a sensational coup for Newcastle.
And as mentioned above, any hopes Newcastle have of landing Pochettino do seem to have been given somewhat of a boost, if the former Southampton bosses’ recent comments are anything to go by.
Speaking in an interview with Sky, Pochettino stated he still loves England and the Premier League whilst also labelling it the best league in the world:
“It’s about the club and of course the people – the human dimension. We are so open. Of course, we love England, and the Premier League. We feel very good here. We are still living here in London.
“I am not going change [my feelings] now because I am not involved in the Premier League. Because I am no longer the Tottenham manager, I am not going to change my vision.
“I still think the Premier League is the best league in the world. We enjoy it a lot. Of course, it’s one of the options.”
And whilst the Argentine tactician did state he isn’t closed to the idea of moving abroad, Pochettino admitted that the PL can be his priority whilst also detailing how settled his family is in London:
“Of course, it can be my priority but I am not closed to move to a different country.
“We have our house and our home here. We feel very good for the future in this country. People are very respectful. Football is so exciting. It’s difficult to move to Barcelona. And then my kids: Maurizio is playing for Tottenham, Sebastiano has a girlfriend here in London. The family is moving around here in London.
“At the moment my idea is to stay here, live in London – me, myself and my family.”
Quotes via the Evening Standard.