Mestalla

Next Game

R Madrid v Barcelona

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 20:30

Copa del Rey Final

Santiago Bernabeu

Last Game

R Madrid 4 - 0 Almeria

Saturday, 12 April 2014, 21:00

Spanish Primera BBVA

Pochettino rejects Real link

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has denied suggestions he could move to Real Madrid, but refused to commit his long-term future to the south coast side.

Last Updated: 06/02/14 at 18:48 Post Comment    Bet with SkyBet  Southampton Specials. Click here to bet.

Mauricio Pochettino: No truth in Real Madrid link

Mauricio Pochettino: No truth in Real Madrid link

Former Espanyol head coach Pochettino has impressed during his time at St Mary's, taking a team three points clear of the relegation zone when he took over last season to ninth in the Premier League this time round.

That has led to him being linked with Real, should current incumbent Carlo Ancelotti leave the Bernabeu, and although he admitted the club should be flattered by the link he insisted that a move is not on the cards.

"I am not one to speak about rumours or unrealistic things so I have no comment on this," he said on Thursday.

"It is very flattering for Southampton as a football club and it is also very flattering for our players, they are the ones on the pitch making us so great.

"I also don't like to talk about the future - I am not one to talk about the long-term future.

"Real Madrid are an amazing club, a great club, and you never know what could happen in football.

"But at the moment I am really happy at Southampton."

Pochettino's current contract at Southampton runs until the end of next season and the Argentinian plans to assess his position over the summer.

He confirmed he has not spoken to non-executive chairman Katharina Liebherr since she first replaced Nicola Cortese and played down talk of a new deal, for now at least.

"I understand that the club is going through some changes at the moment," he added.

"The club needs some time to reorganise. It is a time of reorganisation at the club. Everyone needs time to adapt to their new roles.

"I also want to say I have until the end of this season and the next, so I still have some time left."

Meanwhile, Pochettino confirmed teenage striker Sam Gallagher will miss Saturday's game with Stoke City following the death of his father after a short illness.

"It is a very tough moment indeed and we will give him our full support," said Pochettino.

"Sam is going to be with his family until Monday. They need him to be present, they need to be united and together."

Bet with SkyBet  Southampton Specials. Click here to bet.

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e was right to leave, but not just because of the money City were coming into. If I remember rightly he had a reasonable amount of chances to shine at City, but he never passed the bloody ball. Loads of aimless dribbles and 40 yard shots and not much else. I would say that if he had learnt to be a bit more of a team player he may have done better at City.

bright and edgy
Sturridge: Right to leave City

O

h! And.... has it gone in!?' Well John, it is quite literally your job to tell me, so stop phrasing it as a question.

ajsr1982
Eye On The Experts: John Motson

M

an who resembles bond villain complains about spies ....brillliant

mrjackson
Palace deny spying accusation

Footer 365

Premier League: Peter Whittingham refusing to give up on Cardiff's survival bid

Peter Whittingham believes there is still all to play for as Cardiff City scrap to secure their Premier League status.

Premier League: David de Gea wants European football at Manchester United

David de Gea says Man United are determined to ensure that they will be competing in European competition next season.

Premier League: Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini stands by selection

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini insists he has no regrets about starting Vincent Kompany at Liverpool on Sunday.

Mail Box

Worried Liverpool Will Become A Selling Club

Liverpool fans in the mailbox are not too worried about sour grapes from United supporters, but one admits he's scared the Reds could end up selling their best players...

United Should Have Gone For Bruce And Hughes

A mailbox asking why United did not go for two old boys over Moyes, what Wenger's targets were for the season and whether he's had a better season than Pellegrini..?

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property