Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has moved to deny talk he could quit for Real Madrid after it emerged it his new contract does not contain a clause allowing him to leave for the Bernabeu.
The 46-year-old Argentine, who only signed a five-year extension with Spurs last week, has emerged as the early favourite to replace Zinedine Zidane at The Bernabeu.
Zidane surprisingly stepped down on Thursday after leading Real to a third consecutive Champions League title when they beat Liverpool in Kiev.
But a report on BBC Sport claims that Pochettino is not believed to have agreed anything in writing or verbally with Spurs about joining Real.
He took over the north London club in the summer of 2014 and has led them to two third-placed finishes and a runners-up spot in the last three Premier League campaigns.
And in a move to further distance himself from claims he could leave the Premier League outfit, Pochettino – speaking at the Barcelona launch of his book, Brave New World – insisted he is looking forward to continuing at Spurs.
“I’m very happy at Tottenham,” said Pochettino. “It would be disrespectful to Daniel [Levy] for me to force a move. I’ve just renewed with Tottenham and am happy.
“I live in the present, there is nothing more important than that. I enjoy what is happening and what has to be will be. Jorge Griffa once told me that I must let football take me, that I do not want to change my destiny.”
Asked whether it is true that there is a release clause or verbal agreement to speak to Madrid – as reported by media in Spain – Pochettino remarked: “No it’s not.
“Neither written nor verbal.”