Pochettino retracts and opens the door for Barcelona training

SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 04: Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Tottenham Hotpsur at the Liberty Stadium on October 4, 2015 in Swansea, United Kingdom. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

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Argentine Mauricio Pochettino appears more open than ever to Barcelona’s training.

The former Tottenham coach, 48, who was quoted as saying recently, “I prefer to go to my farm in Argentina than to train the Catalan team,” because he was a player and former coach of Espanyol, the traditional rival of Barca, who fell to the second degree.

But after two years of these comments attributed to him, he says another word.

In an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pais, he recalls, “I was in Barcelona that year (2018) and I met Josep Maria Bartomeu in one of the bars.”

“We exchanged greetings because we were taking our children to the same school in Barcelona and we only spoke for five minutes.”

He added, “Rumors abounded and I had to explain them. I do not accept diminishing the respect of Barcelona. Espanyol had great credit for me, but I am not arrogant and I did not agree with such words.”

He concluded, “Maybe now I will not say such words, I do not know what will happen in the future.”

It is noteworthy that Pochettino – who led Tottenham to the Champions League final last season – was removed from his position as coach of Spurs last year, and from that day he is still without work.

Source: Spanish press