Long linked with a move to both Real Madrid and Manchester United after the two clubs sacked their respective coaches this season, Mauricio Pochettino is a wanted man.

Despite all the interest, the manager seemed happy to stay put at Tottenham, even if some frustration over the lack of spending these past two transfer windows might have shown a few cracks.

However, in an interview with RTVE on Friday, the Spurs head coach openly admitted he was looking at returning to Spain at some point in the future, and discussed the situation at Real Madrid.

He said: “Of course I’ll return (to Spanish football). One is always open to new projects. Santiago [Solari] and I were team-mates, but I have respect towards him and I know very well what is going on here (warning the interviewer about the questions).”

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However, the manager was open about how flattered he was about the reported interest in his services, helped by the fact Tottenham are having a good season once more.

For him, it was a ‘huge merit’ that Spurs are third in the Premier League and in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

The manager also took some time out to praise Harry Kane, labelling the Tottenham forward one of ‘the best in the world’ and describing their relationship much like that of a father and a son.