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Mauricio Pochettino has shrugged off claims that he could leave the club in the next week, per The London Evening Standard.
TalkSPORT claimed on Thursday that this weekend’s clash with Arsenal could be Pochettino’s last match in charge of Spurs.
The Standard also reports that bookmakers suspended betting on the former Southampton manager walking away but he has now rubbished the rumours, labelling them “stupid”.
He said: “What can I say about a stupid rumour? After five years, now I start the sixth and you know how we work in the summer to try to rebuild and update the squad.
“Now we are 6.0 software. The new version. That stupidity can only happen through some rumours on social media that create a big, big problem that doesn’t exist. I’m not going to walk away after the north London derby.
“I’m going to be here Monday and Tuesday. My plan is to travel – I don’t want to say where – and then Friday [back] again to London, meeting with Daniel (Levy).
“We’re going to watch some national team games live, and then Monday preparing for the new week. I’m not the type of person who sends messages through social. Did you bet [on it]? It’s closed now, eh? You lost your money!”
How anyone could actually think that Pochettino was set to leave is baffling.
Yes, Spurs have not started the season in the best form and were appalling as they lost 1-0 to Newcastle United at the weekend.
But does that mean Pochettino is poised to depart? Absolutely not.
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He signed a five-year contract in 2018 and has just overseen major surgery on his squad.
TalkSPORT have a habit of peddling absolute drivel merely to bring in listeners and gain retweets on Twitter.
This is another such example; that Pochettino has had to deny it is nonsensical in itself.