Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino has ruled out the possibility of managing Barcelona, comparing it with taking a managerial job at Arsenal, seeing as he is an Espanyol fan.
Luis Enrique is set to leave Barcelona at the end of the summer and the former Espanyol manager has been named as one of the favourites to take over. The speculations intensified as he was seen with Bartomeu.
However, Pochettino insists the meeting with Bartomeu was purely coincidental and there is no chance of him sitting in the Barcelona dugout.
He said: “It was a coincidence in a bar in Barcelona last Tuesday because I’ve known him [Bartomeu] for a long time [since] before he became chairman of Barcelona and, you know, many people around us saw us and said hello.
“We spent five minutes together but that was the reality and, you know, the rumours after are impossible to stop.
“But I am an Espanyol supporter and I think I don’t need to say too much. It’s like if one day Daniel Levy sacked me after a few years, for me it would be impossible to manage Arsenal.
“I think in football, sometimes, I know that it is so difficult to keep values and to be loyal with your heart and your emotions but, for me, before being a manager, before being a player, being loyal is more important to be honest and I am an Espanyol fan.
“I love Espanyol and like now Tottenham for me, it would be impossible one day to move to Arsenal. It would be impossible.”