Pochettino signs on with Tottenham

Mauricio Pochettino put to bed rumours of his imminent exit from Tottenham by signing a new five-year deal with the club.

The 46-year-old former Espanyol and Southampton head coach was a reported target for Real Madrid having transformed Spurs since arriving in 2014.

A fifth place Premier League finish and League Cup final was followed up by top three places in the following three seasons.

A statement from the club read: “We are delighted to announce that Mauricio Pochettino has signed a new five-year contract with the Club, which runs until 2023.

“First Team Coaching staff Jesus Perez, Miguel D’Agostino and Toni Jimenez have also agreed new contracts with the Club.”

Chairman Daniel Levy, meanwhile, revealed his excitement, saying: “I am delighted that we have agreed a new, extended contract with Mauricio.

“We have been on an extraordinary journey and the times ahead look even more exciting as the Club enters the next phase in its history.”

And the manager himself added: “I am honoured to have signed a new long-term contract as we approach one of the most significant periods in the Club’s history and be the manager that will lead this team into our new world-class stadium.

“This is just one of the factors that makes this one of the most exciting jobs in world football and we are already making plans to ensure we continue to build on the great work that everyone has contributed to over the past four years.

“Daniel and I have spoken at length about our aspirations for this football club. We both share the same philosophies to achieve long-term, sustainable success.

“This is a special club – we always strive to be creative in the way we work both on and off the pitch and will continue to stick to our principles in order to achieve the success this Club deserves.”