Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pocketing has suggested that he could walk away from the club if they win the Champions League, per The Guardian.
Spurs face Ajax on Wednesday wary that a two-goal victory will see them qualify for the final.
After a 1-0 first leg defeat, the north London club must win in Amsterdam to have any chance of meeting domestic rivals Liverpool, who produced a staggering comeback to beat Barcelona 4-3 on aggregate on Tuesday, in Madrid.
Spurs, thus far, have beaten the likes of Inter Milan, Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City, while also drawing with Barca in the Camp Nou.
And Pochettino has now dropped the bombshell that he could walk away if the biggest prize in club football is secured.
Speaking to reporters, he said: “It should be fantastic, no? Close the five-year chapter and go home.”
Pressed to clarify what he meant, he added: “It’s not a joke. Why?
“To win the Champions League in this circumstance, in this season – maybe I need to think a little bit to do something different in the future.
“Because to repeat this miracle, you know … But for sure, I go home. Whatever happens tomorrow, I go home.”
Where would Tottenham winning the Champions League rank among the greatest sporting triumphs in history? Pretty darn high.
This is a team that has been shorn of its star striker, Harry Kane, for much of the campaign and has been ravaged by injuries, as well as a lack of investment. They have not signed a single player since January 2018.
And yet, here they are, in the semi-finals of the Champions League, 90 minutes away from a meeting with destiny.
Pochettino, then, is perhaps right to claim that he could leave the club; Spurs winning this competition would better them potentially lifting the Premier League trophy – there is a reason, after all, that Manchester City, perennial champions of England, so covets European glory.
There would simply be no more worlds to conquer if he were to become a champion in Madrid; more than anything, he would deserve the right to decide his own future.
And, actually, walking away would make all the sense in the world. The only place to go after climbing Mount Everest is down.