Mauricio Pochettino Admits He ‘Would Love to Return to Spain’ as Tottenham Crisis Continues

​Under-pressure Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that he is keen on returning to La Liga as a manager one day.

Spurs have started the season appallingly, sitting 14th in the Premier League table and suffering humiliating defeats to Colchester and Bayern Munich in the Carabao Cup and Champions League respectively.

Mauricio Pochettino

​Rumblings over Pochettino’s future at the club continue to linger, and he has now said that a move back to Spain – particularly with former side Espanyol – interests him.

When asked if he would consider managing in La Liga again and whether the Espanyol job is one he’d like to take up again, he said, as quoted by Diario La Grada: “Yes. Look, although you never know. We are latinos. I like this city, La Liga and I love this club. I am enjoying England very much, and I don’t know when or where, but I would love to return to Spain”.

Pochettino’s current Spurs contract runs until 2023, though it’s been reported that he and chairman Daniel Levy have ​already begun ‘exit talks’, with players braced for a change of manager.

Maurizio Pochettino,Daniel Levy

The Argentine initially played for Espanyol between 1994 and 2001, before returning in 2004 up until his retirement in 2006. He returned as head coach in 2009 with the club 18th in the table.

In his first game in charge, Pochettino guided them to a 0-0 draw at Barcelona in the Copa del Rey, and would eventually manage to oversee Espanyol’s first win at Camp Nou in 27 years when they won 2-1 in La Liga, steering the team to a midtable finish.

Espanyol's Argentinian coach Mauricio Po

He spent another two years in charge before he was sacked in November 2012 with Espanyol rooted to the foot of the table, but left with his reputation in tact after transforming them into a high-pressing side who were tough to beat.

Pochettino ​admitted last season that he has already turned down a return to La Liga with Real Madrid, but appears to have now opened that door again.

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