Pochettino 'opens talks' for shock move

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Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has reportedly opened talks for a shock return to management.

Pochettino has been out of work since being sacked by the Premier League side for Jose Mourinho in November last year but has been linked with several of Europe's elite clubs.

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The Argentine who received widespread praise in rebuilding the Spurs squad over his spell helped them reach the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League final where they fell at the last hurdle to Liverpool.

FC Barcelona has been long-term admirers of his unique managerial talents, while Newcastle United's expected billionaire owners have also said to have made contact with regards to a potential return to England.

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But according to Portuguese publication Record, Benfica has opened talks with his representatives over a potential move for the 2020/21 campaign.

Pochetinno and Flamengo head coach Jorge Jesus is believed to be the two primary targets for the 37-time Primeira Liga champions but the latter has already rejected their approach.

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Speaking about his future, the former Espanyol and Southampton boss told AS; "My future? It's the million-dollar question and I ask myself it each day.

"I think the most important thing is to be ready and open for when football you decide where it's going to take me."

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