Tottenham Hotspur manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has revealed that he turned down several offers to leave the club since he took charge.
However, he claimed to have refused them, due to his commitment to the club, saying it was normal for top managers to receive offers from other clubs.
His stay at the Premier League side looks like it was going to be short-lived, over how he has been able to keep Spurs at the top on little budget, linking him with the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United.
It was said that he could leave the club after last season’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League final. It was also reported recently that he could quit the club this weekend, as his side face Arsenal in a London Derby in the league; a report he called “stupid.”
“Yes, I have had plenty [of offers to leave],” Pochettino said.
“Plenty in five years and Daniel [Levy] knows about some – but not all!
“[The offers were] from everywhere. Daniel knows very well how our commitment with the club is. It’s massive, it’s more than what is normal. But it’s normal that different managers [to get offers].
“If you ask [Pep] Guardiola, if you ask [Jurgen] Klopp, if you so ask the best managers… For sure Guardiola is working in City and receives a call from a different club. Or Klopp or a different manager.
“It does not make it special to me. You asked me and that is my honest answer. But I don’t want it, so don’t use it to say how good I am because I said ‘no’!”
The Argentine also denied that he had wanted to leave the club in the past, adding that it would have been a justifiable thing to do, however, had promised to remain at the White Hart Lane.
“No, because last year when I signed the contract here it was because I wanted to help the club to finish the stadium, to move into the stadium, be sure we are going to move and that it matches the dynamic and not create an issue.
“That was my personal commitment with Daniel. In this moment one year ago, it would have been easy to say, ‘OK, we’ve been here four years, let’s find another challenge and move on’ because always people at Tottenham will remember us very nicely.
“But we showed our commitment with the club and personally with Daniel because we knew it was going to be a difficult summer, impossible to sign players, impossible to move players and we had to keep the same squad while trying to deliver the job.
“I am very happy to be here, very proud. Five years we signed for and started a project at a very different club – and now we are one of the best clubs in the world.
“We have played in the final of the Champions League and now the aim is to remain competitive for the future,” he added.