Pochettino plans to extend Tottenham stay with new contract

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April 30, 2016
FILE - In this April 18, 2016 file photo, Tottenham's manager Mauricio Pochettino shouts during an English Premier League football match against Stoke City in Stoke on Trent, England. Pochettino plans to extend his Tottenham contract until 2021. The Argentine, who arrived at Tottenham on a five-year contract in 2014, announced yesterday he has verbally agreed to a new five-year deal. (AP Photo)

LONDON, AP:

Mauricio Pochettino plans to extend his Tottenham contract until 2021.

The Argentine, who arrived at Tottenham on a five-year contract in 2014, announced yesterday he had verbally agreed to a new five-year deal.

"We started to speak before, a few months ago, and today (yesterday) I think is a good moment to communicate we have reached the verbal agreement," Pochettino said.

"It was an easy decision when you feel the love of the people and the potential of the club is massive, so why change? We create a good atmosphere on the training ground, and we can achieve big things in the future. I believe in this project and this club. I want to stay here."

The 44-year-old former Southampton manager was Tottenham's fifth appointment in seven years when he took charge in May 2014, and he has nurtured a talented team which is on the brink of Champions League qualification.

Tottenham are second in the English Premier League, seven points behind leader Leicester with three games remaining. Tottenham have qualified for the Champions League once before, by finishing fourth in 2010.

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