Mauricio Pochettino has opened the door to managing either Real Madrid or Manchester United one day, insisting he believes that opportunities to do so will come around again.

The Argentine has been out of a job since being sacked by Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the 2021/22 season, bringing an end to a mixed 18-month spell in the French capital.

Prior to PSG, Pochettino rose to global fame as the manager of Tottenham, taking them from the fringes of the top six to Premier League title contenders and leading the club to their first ever Champions League final.

During his five years in north London, Pochettino was perennially linked to Real Madrid and Manchester United, and while he insisted he was committed to Spurs, he didn’t necessarily rule out taking those jobs either.

Speaking to Marca, Pochettino suggested that he thinks there will be chances to manage those clubs again in the future.

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“Football is ‘timing’. These are the moments for it to coincide and for that marriage to happen. Sometimes it’s just a matter of time. I don’t believe in trains passing only once,” he said when asked directly about Madrid and United.

“I think that sometimes you need to have the necessary patience and you have to know how to wait. The ‘timing’ is handled by football.

“It is true that my name has always been associated with big clubs. I have a lot of respect for professionals and it’s hard for me to sell myself, that’s work for you.”

90min revealed last month that Pochettino was under consideration for the Aston Villa job before Unai Emery’s appointment, but the Argentine was ultimately holding out for a return to Tottenham.


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