Maurichio Pochettino says Daniel Levy is worried he could quit Tottenham for Man Utd or Real Madrid
MAURICIO POCHETTINO has revealed “worrier” Daniel Levy is “concerned” about losing him as Tottenham boss.
The Argentine was in relaxed mood after guiding his side to the Champions League last 16.
But Pochettino is being repeatedly linked with jobs at Real Madrid and Manchester United.
Speaking tongue-in-cheek, Pochettino, who signed a new five-year Spurs deal in May, said: “Daniel does not laugh.
“I know it gets boring but he maybe is worried, he is concerned. It is normal.
“It is not nice for Daniel to hear all that of course. Do I have to reassure him? No.
“It is like in football when a sporting director or president says ‘No, the manager is going to be here and we trust in him’ and next game out.
“If you reassure something it’s because you are thinking different things.
“He is a worried man because he is jealous about me! It’s normal, no, because of the rumours.”
Tuesday’s draw in Barcelona, which helped Spurs progress in the Champions League, has certainly lightened the mood.
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But continued delays in Spurs’ new stadium have taken their toll on Levy – and Pochettino hopes fans will now cut him some slack.
He said: “The chairman is suffering a lot. He is so tired. The last few months he didn’t sleep due to the stadium.
“He is trying to make everyone happy but it’s a massive project. People don’t realise how difficult it is to manage.
“Everyone’s disappointed as we are still not there but when we move they will realise how massive the project was and how good the facilities are.
“It doesn’t just depend on him but many companies. More than 20. It’s so difficult.
“That is why he needs to feel the love from the fans and the club. He is working so hard, too hard, to leave a legacy. And that’s fantastic.
“When you compare the stadium to others, we are going to be so lucky to play there.”
Pochettino admits Levy is a difficult character but insists he is big-hearted. He added: “After 4½ years we’ve shared a lot of moments. He’s not an easy man.
“But he is so passionate to create things for the fans, staff and players. It is not for him.
“He built the hotel at our training base, The Lodge. It’s a five-star boutique hotel. I asked when he is going to sleep there and he said, ‘No, no. Not for me. That’s for you and the players.’
“He’s always thinking of others.
“The team wins and praise is for the players, staff or manager.
“When we lose, people blame him first — sometimes deserved! Sometimes, no.
“For what he’s doing, him and the board, is a fantastic thing for the club and it’s going to be there forever.”