The role Kylian Mpabbe and Real Madrid could play in Tottenham’s pursuit of Mauricio Pochettino

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Mauricio Pochettino’s potential return to Tottenham Hotspur could be decided by the future of Kylian Mpabbe.

Tottenham managerial target Pochettino is currently the French star’s boss at Paris Saint-Germain but according to a report in The Sun, the potential sale of the 22-year-old has left Pochetiino disappointed.

Mpabbe has long been linked with a move to Real Madrid and Pochettino is reported to be unhappy at the club’s willingness to sell one of their star players.

Should Mbappe push for a move to the Spanish capital Tottenham’s chances of bringing in Pochetiino are likely to increase with the Argentine’s already fractious relationship with PSG sporting director Leonardo likely to further breakdown.

Since taking over from Thomas Tuchel in Paris, Pochettino has won two domestic trophies but failed to reel in Lille in the title race.

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When the 49-year-old took charge of PSG the Parisians were one point behind the eventual champions and that was how things ended five months later.

Pochettino led PSG to knockout wins over Barcelone and Bayern Munich in the Champions League before falling to pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the semi-final.

If the former Spurs manager accepts Daniel Levy’s offer and returns to the club he spent five years with he will have his work cut out.

In the 18 months since he left Spurs, Tottenham have hired and fired Jose Mourinho and dropped from regular Champions League contenders to 7th spot in the Premier League.

Next season Spurs will be the sole English entrant into the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League next season.

Despite this, Pochettino is believed to be interested in a return and understands that contact has been made between the two parties as Spurs seek to find a permanent manager for next season.

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The return of Pochettino could go some way to getting frustrated Spurs supports back on side following the club’s support for The Super League proposals and a dismal on-field showing in 2021.

Tottenham fans would also hope the return of the Argentinian may persuade wantaway striker Harry Kane that his long-term future remains with his boyhood club.

Kane has alluded to his desire to move on from Spurs in order to challenge for major trophies but the return of a man he once called the ‘perfect’ manager could go a long way to appeasing his desire to leave the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Source by Football London

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