Real Madrid will not pursue a deal for Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. Because Daniel Levy is the absolute don.
Pochettino quickly emerged as the favourite to take over at Real in the aftermath of Zinedine Zidane’s resignation earlier this week.
The Argentine admitted he’d “have to listen” to Real if they approached him with regards to the job, while insisting he is happy in north London.
Tottenham hold all the cards, with Pochettino having signed a new long-term contract recently.
Balague says that the new deal, the lack of a release clause and the presence of chief executive Levy has put Real off.
“Real could see there was so many positives in signing him, not just the fact he can deal with the stars but how he improves players and how he works with youth players as well,” Balague told Sky Sports.
“But what they had in front of them was the possibility of negotiating with Daniel Levy for perhaps a month, even longer, with no guarantees whatsoever that they were going to get him.
“They know that Levy is a very tough negotiator, with Florentino having been in touch with him in recent seasons. They’ve decided to abandon the possibility of signing Mauricio Pochettino.
“That makes life very difficult for Real Madrid because there is not someone you could consider an automatic candidate after Pochettino.
“They will have to look at other possibilities including all the managers that are already in a job with a contract.
“Real started fishing and put the idea out there in the media to see what the reaction was, but straight away they realised there was no clause for Pochettino to leave.
“They leaked to the media with the idea of adding pressure that there was a deal between Levy and Pochettino where he could leave for Madrid, but that was also false and very quickly quashed by Spurs. There really was no door half open.”