Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has distanced himself from reports that Barcelona are looking to replace their current manager Luis Enrique with the Argentinian.
Reports this week have come to light that Pochettino's solid work at Spurs is attracting the interest of the Spanish giants, who are currently five points behind league leaders Real Madrid in La Liga.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino laughs off talk of Barcelona move - Evening Standard https://t.co/M64xaHlvpC— Barcelona share (@Barcelonashare) January 9, 2017
The 44-year-old dismissed the claims in a post-match interview with the BBC, as reported by
This phrase is linked to Spanish side Espanyol, who are Barcelona's city neighbours. Pochettino spent two separate playing spells there, before going on to manage the side for three years.
The former Southampton manager's connection with Espanyol seems to have ruled out any move to Barcelona, as Pochettino looks to challenge for the Premier League title in 2017.
Mauricio Pochettino has never lost a Premier League London derby at home with Spurs:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 4, 2017
Clean sheets: 6 pic.twitter.com/SrwIjupZ2v
There have reportedly been interest for the 44-year-old's services in the past, including the top job at Argentina's national team, but his recent comments and the fact he's only recently signed a new deal at Spurs seemed to have confirmed his commitment at White Hart Lane.
Pochettino took charge of Spurs in 2014 and he has quickly transformed the club from challenging for the top four to serious title contenders, with the London side finishing third in the Premier League last season.
His work with Tottenham's youngsters has contributed to the club's success since he took over, with the likes of Dele Alli, Eric Dier, and Danny Rose flourishing in the first-team and for England's national side.