After a promising 18 months in charge, which has seen Mauricio Pochettino lead Tottenham Hotspur to their best campaign in recent years, the Daily Mail are reporting that Spurs have opened negotiations with him over a new contract.
It's believed that they want to tie the Argentine to a contract committing him for a further five years, starting talks during the international break. The deal is said to be worth £5.5 million a year, with performance based bonuses. His current contract runs out in 2019.
Spurs rewarding Pochettino after amazing season
Tottenham are determined to do everything they can to keep the Argentine as the ball is understood to be completely in Pochettino’s court as they club are still waiting for a reply from the manager. However, with focuses being on the push for a first title since 1961, it is understood that the club will wait until the end of the season to open up formal discussions.
The highly rated manager joined the Lilywhites from Southampton, in 2014 and in his first season took them to the Capital One Cup final, which they lost to Chelsea. He also secured fifth spot in the Premier League while implementing his philosophy into the club. In only his second season he propelled this Tottenham team into a title race.
His talent for working with young talent while also nurturing and bringing the best out of players has not gone unnoticed by other clubs, with the likes of Manchester United reportedly interested in him. Tottenham hope that his new and improved contract cemented at the club for numerous more seasons.
Lamela to get a new deal too
It is also understood that fellow Argentine, Erik Lamela, is to be offered a new contract in the upcoming months. The winger had a slow start at Spurs and often frustrated fans but Lamela has had his best season in a Lilywhite shirt and has been a key player in implementing Pochettino’s pressing tactics.
Both the player and his manager seem happy at the club with Pochettino previously speaking about wanting to leave a “legacy” at Spurs while also commenting that “for me it’s always to try to create good things for the present and for the future too” suggesting that he is committed to Tottenham.