MAURICIO POCHETTINO dreams of managing two other teams after leaving Tottenham Hotspur.
The 46-year-old has four-and-a-half years remaining on his contract in north London and has already turned down a move to Real Madrid.
Alamy Live News4 Pochettino has previously been linked with a move to Real Madrid
But that has not stopped him planning for the future, with Pochettino eyeing a role as the Argentina boss and in Serie A – a league he is yet to test himself in.
Speaking ahead of the Champions League clash against Inter Milan, he said: “My contract expires in four-and-a-half years — if [Spurs chairman Daniel] Levy does not fire me first!
“Seriously, today I see myself here. I dream of winning a trophy with Tottenham, maybe the Premier League in our new stadium.
“In the future to also manage the Argentine team is my desire.
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AFP or licensors4 Pochettino has eyes firmly on the Champions League this week
“The important thing is to be happy and I am right now. Me in Serie A? I have Italian origins and it would be a wonderful experience.”
Having coached in La Liga with Espanyol and the Premier League with Southampton and Spurs, experience in Italy's top flight is one of the major divisions missing from Pochettino's CV.
Former Argentina teammate Nicolas Burdisso has previously asked Pochettino whether he would consider taking over at Sampdoria, a club which has a strong South American link.
Juan Sebastian Veron, Ariel Ortega and Maura Icardi are among their former players and while the 47-year-old boss turned down an approach while he was working in Spain, he is clearly fond of Serie A.
AFP4 Nicolas Burdisso played alongside Pochettino for Argentina
He added: “When Burdisso asked me, I told him I’d never really thought about it, but every time I go to Italy, I feel at home there.
“Argentines and Italians are very similar, for the way we live life and for our passion for football.
"Clearly [to work in Italy] I would need to have a better grasp of Italian, as language is fundamental to communicate with players.
“I remember that my grandfather would speak to me quite often in Italian but I was quite young. I’d need to do a bit of practice before moving to Italy!
AFP or licensors4 Spurs have not had things all their own way in the Champions League
“Years ago there were contacts with Sampdoria. I was at Espanyol, they showed an interest but then nothing happened.”
Pochettino's affection for Italy will be tested this week when Tottenham host Inter in a do-or-die clash in the Champions League.
Only a victory for the Lilywhites will do against a Nerazzurri side who need a point to guarantee their place in the last-16.
The Italians won the first group game between the two 2-1 at the San Siro, with Mauro Icardi and Matias Vecino scoring late goals.