Mauricio Pochettino has seemingly re-opened the door to coaching Barcelona after expressing regret for showing them "disrespect" with comments he made in 2018.
Pochettino's managerial career is most synonymous with Tottenham, where he spent five years until 2019, but Espanyol is where he first made his name and spent most of his playing days.
Across two spells as a player, Pochettino represented Espanyol for just shy of 10 years and then became the club's head coach in 2009, three years after retiring with Los Periquitos.
Mauricio Pochettino also expressed reticence to such an idea on several occasions, most recently in 2018 when he claimed he would never coach Barca, Arsenal or Rosario Central due to his close relationship with Espanyol, Tottenham and Newell's Old Boys.
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"I would prefer to work on my farm in Argentina than go to work in certain places," Pochettino said but he has now backtracked on that statement.
"I have to explain it well," he told El Pais. "I was in Barcelona that year and I met Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu in a bar.
"We greeted each other because we were taking the children to the same school and we were talking for five minutes. That generated a rumour that set off alarms because there were more teams that wanted us.
"When reporters asked me, I wanted to settle it drastically.
"I didn't want to disrespect Barcelona. You can say things differently. Espanyol has made a name for me, but I'm not arrogant and I didn't like making a statement like that.
"Maybe now I wouldn't because in life you never know what will happen." Pochettino said
Tottenham former manager Pochettino has been out of a job since November 2019 when he was sacked by Spurs, just few months after leading the Tottenham to the Champions League final.