Having just re-committed to the club and lauded words about his future and their future at a brand new stadium last week, to publicly state he would consider, what could be an imminent approach from Los Blancos, was shocking.
"I take it naturally, it does not affect me at all, I am involved in a spectacular project where the motivation is tremendous", Pochettino told Spanish sports daily AS.
Mauricio Pochettino insists it is not "impossible" to turn down the opportunity to coach Real Madrid.
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"It's a bit hard to understand, although football and MotoGP are different", Italian rider Rossi said ahead of the Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley.
Pochettino penned a new deal with Tottenham that will take him through to 2023 recently, but rumours regarding an impending exit have been sparked within days of that agreement being reached.
It had been speculated he could be removed as coach as club president Florentino Perez was unhappy with Real Madrid's La Liga performance. I'm not very gifted to enjoy life and lie on the beach. During his five-year playing career at Madrid between 2001 and 2006, Zidane won the Champions League in 2002 and La Liga in 2003. And at this club, you must know this: I do not want to start a season and have a bad time. "You think yeah - but you are not me".
Asked if he'd be ready for the challenge of managing Madrid, he said: "I'm ready now for getting lunch with friends!"
Zinedine Zidane steps down as Real Madrid manager
Barcelona, historically Real's greatest rivals, ran away with La Liga this season and finished 17 points clear of Zidane's side. All the players were told Zidane was off by text message just moments before he sat down to face reporters.
Zidane's retirement as a Real Madrid player in 2006 also came as a surprise, when the then-33-year-old chose to hang up his boots in the aftermath of that year's World Cup final despite having another year on his club contract. Of course, we have a lot of dreams.
" When he says he's taken a decision though, we have to accept it". This is 'until soon, ' as I have no doubt that you will be back.
As a player, Zidane mastered the art of the unexpected - whether good (those incredible goals), or bad (that headbutt, which cost his country a World Cup) - and it seems that he's carried that over into management.
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