Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has ruled out joining Barcelona or Arsenal, but has kept the door open for Real Madrid.

The Argentine is among a host of coaches being linked with the Madrid job as doubts begin to grow over Zinedine Zidane’s future at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The defending La Liga champions are currently fourth in the league, 19 points behind leaders Barcelona. They were also dumped out of the Copa del Rey by Leganes on away goals, after losing 2-1 at home on Wednesday.

When asked about the rumours linking him to the Madrid job, Pochettino told reporters, according to the Evening Standard: “I am so clear.

“I am never going to be manager of Barcelona or Arsenal because I am so identified with Tottenham and Espanyol. I grew up in Newell’s Old Boys and will never manage Rosario Central.

“That is my decision because I prefer to work on my farm in Argentina than in some places. But my commitment is massive in this club. I am working like I am going to be here forever.

“But in the end, it is like the players, you never know what is going to happen in football. It is a lot of rumours about this, about that,” added the Argentinian.

“Tomorrow (Tottenham chairman) Daniel Levy could have a bad night and say, ‘Oh I am going to sack Mauricio’. And then I look stupid saying I am not going to work in one place or another or another.

“You never know in football. That is the problem. It is a very unstable situation.”

Pochettino has been Tottenham manager since 2014 and has led the club to their highest Premier League finish last season, when they finished second – an improvement on the third-placed finish the year before.

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