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Pochettino ready for Premier League return

23 May 2020, 20:42 GMT+10

Newcastle United have been buoyed by news that former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is "open to listen" to offers clubs.

Pochettino has been out of work since Spurs sacked him last November, with the 48-year-old choosing to focus on his family and friends.

He has kept himself in the Premier League consciousness, however, by admitting he is "dreaming" of a return to north London.

Newcastle have also been heavily linked with the Argentinean and could make him one of the highest-paid managers in the world if their protracted takeover goes through.

In one of his first interviews since parting ways with Tottenham, Pochettino discussed his future.

"I was ready before now," he told Sky Sports.

"The most important thing in football is to move on quickly, to adapt to the new reality. Of course it is painful when you leave a club after five and a half years, working so hard to develop and achieve objectives. But that is football. It goes by very quick. You need to move on.

"But we feel very well that we have recovered from the not so good days. We are full of energy in our bodies, in our minds, to try and provide a new project with all our knowledge and show our passion in football.

"We are open to listen and see what happens. I love England. My idea is to keep living in London but at the same time I am open to different countries, to listen and see what happens."

Asked specifically whether he would consider Premier League offers from outside the top six, he replied: "The problem is which club are top six? It always changes. Today Tottenham and Arsenal are not in the top six.

"You need to respect all the clubs. They are all working so hard, investing and spending money. They all assign a new strategy each season to reach the top four, top six or top eight.

"You cannot underestimate any person, any institute or any club. That is why the Premier League is one of the toughest - all the clubs have the capacity to find a way to be competitive."

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