Spurs clause makes Pochettino Premier League move unlikely

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Mauricio Pochettino will have to pay Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy £12.5m if he decides to take another job in the Premier League following his sacking from the north London club, per The Daily Express.

What’s the word?

The report states that Pochettino was handed a £12.5m pay-off by Spurs when Levy decided to remove him from his position, replacing him with former Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho.

However, a clause inserted into his contract is said to state that he will have to return the entirety of the money if he returns to English football before the summer.

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Indeed, Pochettino has already been linked with a number of clubs, including Manchester United and Spurs’ bitter rivals Arsenal, who have sacked Unai Emery.

The clause is only said to cover the English top-flight, however, so the Argentine could well move to a foreign club within the 2019/20 season.

Shrewd move

This makes sense from Levy.

He surely knew that Pochettino would still be a valuable commodity on the open market after his sterling work with Spurs, taking them to the Champions League final and challenging for the Premier League title on two occasions.

And while he felt it was time to make a change, inserting a clause such as this is necessary in terms of avoiding major fallout if he ends up at a rival.

Of course, were he to end up at United, they could just pay him an extra £12.5m – it’s surely within their budget – to compensate him, but it will at least make clubs think twice and potentially hold off until the summer or beyond.

Levy has always had a reputation as a shrewd operator and he has backed that up here, making it unlikely that Mourinho’s men will have to go into battle with a Pochettino team this term.

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