Tottenham fear Pochettino will quit for Real Madrid in the summer after falling out of the title race


TOTTENHAM fear Mauricio Pochettino will quit for Real Madrid in the summer.

Poch, who was first choice to succeed Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, has told chairman Daniel Levy his burning ambition is to win titles.

 Mauricio Pochettino has sparked fears that he could leave for Real Madrid in the summer

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Mauricio Pochettino has sparked fears that he could leave for Real Madrid in the summer

He warned it could take “five to ten years” to turn Spurs into genuine title contenders before Wednesday’s loss at Chelsea.

And Pochettino, who is fed-up with criticism about his failure to land a trophy since joining in 2014, wants the financial backing to compete for the game’s top honours.

Real Madrid made contact with the Argentine, 46, last summer — just days after he penned a new five-year contract at White Hart Lane.

Although Poch was prepared to talk, Real president Florentino Perez was told to make an official approach to Levy.

 Spurs have lost their last two games in the Premier League ahead of Saturday's clash against Arsenal

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Spurs have lost their last two games in the Premier League ahead of Saturday’s clash against Arsenal
 Argentinian gaffer Pochettino has been at Tottenham since 2014 after leaving Southampton

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Argentinian gaffer Pochettino has been at Tottenham since 2014 after leaving Southampton

The Spurs chairman turned them down flat but they know the Spanish giants are willing to pay up to £40million in compensation for him.

Real are in crisis yet again after they were beaten 3-0 inside the Bernabeu in Wednesday’s Copa del Rey semi-final against rivals Barcelona.

They are also third in La Liga, nine points behind Barca and two off their city rivals Atletico.

And boss Santiago Solari is under huge pressure — just four months after replacing Julen Lopetegui.

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