Pochettino signs new Spurs deal

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has signed a new deal to remain at the club until 2021.

Despite narrowly missing out on the title, Pochettino is set to guide Spurs to their highest ever Premier League finish. A point against already-relegated Newcastle United on Sunday would see them finish above their north London rivals Arsenal for the first time in Arsene Wenger’s reign.

Pochettino, who joined on a five-year deal from Southampton in 2014, had been linked with a move to Old Trafford and was seen having lunch with Sir Alex Ferguson earlier in the week.

A statement from chairman Daniel Levy said: “We have seen Mauricio bring a tremendous spirit and ethos to our club and embrace the attacking style of play with which we have always been associated.

“He has built a squad of youth and experience and this season we have seen football played at the highest level – quite sublime at times. Everyone at the club is delighted he has agreed an extended contract and we all look forward to working with him in the coming seasons. I know he is as ambitious for our club as we all are.”

Pochettino echoed his chairman, saying: “I could not be happier to sign this new contract. It was an easy decision for my coaching staff and I because we can feel the appreciation of everyone here – there is no better place to be right now.

“The supporters are unbelievable, we have assembled a great group of players with huge potential that can get even better, while the facilities we have to work in are world-class. We also have an incredible new stadium to look forward to and now we are determined to build a side worthy of playing in such an exciting new venue.

“We have enjoyed a great season and we believe this is just the beginning. We have a long-term project and huge belief that we can achieve something big here for the future.

“This club has all the ingredients to continue to challenge at the very top in both the Premier League and in Europe and we want to be here to be a part of what I believe will be a special period in the club’s history.”