Mauricio Pochettino has turned down the opportunity to return to football management by reportedly snubbing a contract at Monaco.
The former Tottenham boss hasn't been in the dugout since he was sacked at Spurs in November 2019, but has been linked with a number of top clubs, including Real Madrid and Manchester United.
Monaco sacked Robert Moreno over the weekend, and were hoping Pochettino would take the reins of the Principality club.
But according to The Athletic, Pochettino rejected the approach for his services, prompting Monaco to hire former Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac instead.
Pochettino hasn't spoken out on the claims, but looking back on things he has said about his future appears to shed some light on what is going on.
In October 2019, Pochettino's was struggling for form in north London and his rein as Spurs boss was coming to an end.
Asked about his future, he told the press: "In five-and-a-half years, every single press conference we have talked about my future.
"I hope [because] we are still talking, it means that I am going to spend five more years here [at Tottenham], at least."
After he was sacked, he again addressed his future plans in December 2019, saying: "I am open to anything at this point, I will certainly keep my options open."
He quickly began discussing Spurs, saying: "I am happy to see them [Tottenham] doing well since I like the club very much so."
And even suggested he could return to the club, or at least the Premier League, at some point: "Who knows it could happen, look at [Zinedine] Zidane and Real Madrid for example.
"I don't know, I do like working in the Premier League but there isn't anything concrete at the moment."
Reading between the lines it seems the Argentine is holding out for a job in England, as he is keen to work in the top flight once again.
And, given his love for Spurs, a return to north London at some point may not entirely be off the cards. Especially considering current Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho generally only spends around two-to-three years at a club.
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