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Ex-Spurs boss Pochettino admits he wants Prem job

Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits he wants to work again in the Premier League.

Pochettino has been out of work since being sacked by Spurs in November but his gardening leave ended on May 19, leaving another club free to appoint him without having to pay Spurs compensation.

"After six months our tanks are completely full," said Pochettino, who is spending lockdown at his family home in north London.

"Always, you dream of the perfect club, the perfect project. [But] the project is not on the table, [so] it's difficult to assess.

"Today, we are going to live a completely different era in football that we need to discover. It's difficult to know what project is going to be the right project."

Pochettino and his coaching staff – Jesus Perez, Miguel D'Agostino and Toni Jimenez – have used the past six months to "review everything" from seven years in English football with Southampton and Spurs.

"Of course in my mind, I'm very open to wait for the seduction of the project rather than the country," said the Argentine.

"It's about the club and of course the people – the human dimension. We are so open. Of course, we love England, and the Premier League. We feel very good here. We are still living here in London.

"I am not going change [my feelings] now because I am not involved in the Premier League. Because I am no longer the Tottenham manager, I am not going to change my vision.

"I still think the Premier League is the best league in the world. We enjoy it a lot. Of course, it's one of the options. Of course, it can be my priority but I am not closed to move to a different country.

"We have our house and our home here. We feel very good for the future in this country. People are very respectful. Football is so exciting. It's difficult to move to Barcelona. And then my kids: Maurizio is playing for Tottenham, Sebastiano has a girlfriend here in London. The family is moving around here in London.

"[So] yes, it's going to be difficult [to accept a job overseas] but not impossible. We are professional and we are going to find a way to create again and to feel good. If we do change the country, always we are going to miss England. We spend more than seven years in two amazing places in Southampton and London. We are very lucky people."

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