Liverpool vs Tottenham: Mauricio Pochettino believes rumours will persist over his future at Spurs

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes rumours over his future at the club will continue, despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer being appointed permanent Manchester United boss.

Pochettino was considered as United’s first choice to replace Jose Mourinho, with the club braced to make an approach for the Spurs boss in the summer, before Solskjaer’s unforeseen success saw him awarded a three-year deal on Thursday.

After Zinedine Zidane returned to Real Madrid, Pochettino’s potential options to move on have slimmed significantly. Yet, the Argentinian believes speculation will resurface before too long.

“I never talked about rumours,” he said. “But of course I need to congratulate him [Solskjaer] and wish him all the best now he is officially the new manager of Manchester United.

“I don’t talk about rumours and in this period there will be a lot more. It always happens.

“This season it is going to happen, last season, the season before. We assume all the rumours, it’s very natural.”

Pochettino also questioned whether the club’s new 62,062-seater stadium would help the club to attract new signings, despite labelling the ground as “the best in the world”.

The first-team squad trained at the stadium for the first time on Thursday, and will play their first senior match at the ground against Crystal Palace next Wednesday.

Tottenham train at their new stadium for the first time (Getty)

“I feel we are all professional but not too many people are romantic. We are still so romantic,” Pochettino said.

“You must convince people to stay or sign for your club, a good point is going to be the new stadium and everything, but in the end there are a lot of people around that care more about the business rather than the capability to be in a very good place working.

“It’s always the balance. Of course, it makes Tottenham more attractive today.

“But I don’t know. I can’t guess because society is changing, business in football is changing.”

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