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Pochettino opens door to Barcelona after backtracking on Espanyol comments

Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochttino has backtracked on comments he made about never joining Barcelona.

The former Espanyol boss in 2018 stated he would rather "work on a farm in Argentina" than for Barcelona.

Still without a job since being sacked by Spurs last November, the 48-year-old insists he used the wrong words and claimed that in life 'you never know what will happen'.

"I was in Barcelona that year and I met [Barcelona president Jose Maria] Bartomeu in a bar," he told El Pais. "We greeted each other because we were taking the children to the same school and we were talking for five minutes.

"That generated a rumour that set off alarms because there were more teams that wanted us, and when they asked me [about taking the Barcelona job] I wanted to settle it drastically.

"I did not want to disrespect Barcelona. You can say things differently. Espanyol has made a name for me, but I'm not arrogant and I didn't like making a statement like that.

"Maybe now I wouldn't because in life you never know what will happen."

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