Mauricio Pochettino has signed a new five-year deal at Tottenham, bringing to an end links with Manchester United.
Pochettino confirmed two weeks ago that he had verbally agreed to extend his stay at White Hart Lane after guiding the club to a Premier League title challenge in his second season.
The Argentinean has been linked with Manchester United recently, with Louis van Gaal under increasing pressure at Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho remains the favourite for that post, while Ryan Giggs is also considered a leading candidate, but it was claimed that Pochettino was also in the running.
Such claims intensified after Pochettino was pictured meeting with former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson recently, but the 44-year-old has now signed a deal to keep him at Tottenham until 2021.
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Speaking to Tottenham’s official website, the manager said:
“I could not be happier to sign this new contract. 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 supporters are unbelievable, we have assembled a great group of players with huge potential that can get even better, while the facilities we have to work in are world-class. We also have an incredible new stadium to look forward to and now we are determined to build a side worthy of playing in such an exciting new venue.
“We have enjoyed a great season and we believe this is just the beginning. We have a long-term project and huge belief that we can achieve something big here for the future.
“This club has all the ingredients to continue to challenge at the very top in both the Premier League and in Europe and we want to be here to be a part of what I believe will be a special period in the Club’s history.”
Chairman Daniel Levy added:
“We have seen Mauricio bring a tremendous spirit and ethos to our Club and embrace the attacking style of play with which we have always been associated.
“He has built a squad of youth and experience and this season we have seen football played at the highest level – quite sublime at times.
Everyone at the Club is delighted he has agreed an extended contract and we all look forward to working with him in the coming seasons. I know he is as ambitious for our Club as we all are.”
Coaches Jesús Pérez, Miguel D’Agostino and Toni Jiménez have also agreed new contracts.