Tottenham are reportedly facing a battle on their hands to keep Mauricio Pochettino away from the clutches of Manchester United and Real Madrid.

According to a report by Daily Mirror, Tottenham are set to face a battle to keep hold of manager Mauricio Pochettino next summer. The Argentine is the subject of interest from Real Madrid and Manchester United, who hold long-standing interest in the manager.

Pochettino has become a hot property over the four years he has been at Tottenham. Initially taking over a side that had been underperforming for years, the Argentine has gone on to transform Spurs into genuine Premier League contenders while establishing their credentials in the Champions League.

This season, the North Londoners have made their best ever start to a Premier League season, despite the fact that they failed to sign any player in the summer transfer window. But, his advent has seen Pochettino being tailed by a number of top clubs, including Manchester United and Tottenham.

Set to bid goodbye to the Tottenham faithful? (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Set to bid goodbye to the Tottenham faithful? (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

At Manchester United, Jose Mourinho’s position is becoming increasingly uncertain with every passing sub-par performance. The latest in the long line of poor outings came this week in the UEFA Champions League, as Valencia beat them 2-1 in a group stage tie.

If they fail to qualify for the Champions League at the end of the season, Manchester United will likely end up parting ways with Mourinho and start afresh with Pochettino. Real Madrid, on the other hand, are also seemingly keeping their options open, despite the appointment of Santiago Solari.

The report iterates that Solari is only being viewed as a stopgap solution before Real Madrid appoint a manager that fits the bill for them. But, Tottenham are set to wage a battle to keep Pochettino away from the prying hands of Manchester United and Los Blancos.

Recent reports have suggested that suitors will have to pay a premium to land Pochettino, which lends Tottenham an advantage. Additionally, the Argentine is admittedly happy at the North London club, and is committed to leading Spurs into their new stadium.

All things considered, Tottenham would fancy their chances of keeping Pochettino, particularly at a time when they will be moving to their new stadium. It now remains to be seen if either Manchester United or Real Madrid manage to sign the 46-year-old, or if they continue with their current managers.

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