Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger has made clear his desire to retain Mauricio Pochettino at St Mary's Stadium.

The Argentine continues to be linked with a possible summer exit from the south coast club with some rumours suggesting he is a target for Tottenham who may replace Tim Sherwood at season's end.

Despite the speculation, Krueger is determined to keep Pochettino - who spent four years with Espanyol - in charge of the Saints as they continue their development as a top-half Premier League outfit.

"The first thing I'd say about Mauricio is that he took his time at Espanyol, which was really important," Krueger told The Guardian.

"What really great managers do is stay in one spot until they cannot evolve there anymore.

"If you see managers go one year, one year, one year and then, suddenly, they are in a top league, they don't have the foundation, possibly, to do the job. Mauricio has very carefully planned his career.

"Right now, the only thing I can say, whether we speak about Mauricio or the players, is that what we have here is very good and we are doing everything in our power to keep this group together."

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