According to the report by UK Sun, Mauricio Pochettino is aware of the interest from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich for him to replace embattled Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge. That doesn't mean there is any real chance they make a move, let alone hire Pochettino.
Pochettino is due for talks with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to discuss his transfer budget for the summer, with some arguing that his call for the club to spend more was also an ultimatum about his future.
Pochettino said after the whirlwind 5-4 win over Leicester City at the weekend that he is "100%" committed to the task at Spurs, but raised the possibility that there might be a disagreement at boardroom level over the way forward for the club.
However, this was supposed to be the season Spurs took "the next step" by winning silverware and their failure to end the drought continues to hang over the club and provide ammunition for its detractors.
"It is just one of those things, I wish I could have played more, but you have two players to compete in each position and that is how I would want it at any football club". "We are going to talk next week to create the new project", he said.
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"Our fans need to know what we are going to do and our fans need to feel the reality of the club and we need to tell the truth and create a very good expectation we can achieve".
"I think Daniel is going to listen to me, but you know sometimes I might have some insane ideas".
"Sometimes I have insane ideas in this type of situation".
"But you need to be courageous".
Until recently, Toby Alderweireld was widely considered to be Spurs' most important defender but the brilliant Vertonghen has taken that mantle and lessened the impact of his compatriot's long term absence. "Pre-season; come back and hopefully me and Ben start from scratch and we start again and work hard to nail that number one spot".