Mauricio Pochettino admitted 'when Madrid call, you have to listen' as Tottenham face a fight to keep their manager.
In a series of open and honest interviews at the launch of the Spanish edition of his autobiography, Pochettino was grilled on taking over from Zinedine Zidane after his departure from Real Madrid on Thursday.
Rather than dismiss the possibility of taking over, Pochettino admitted the Real Madrid job is tempting.
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Pochettino is the main managerial target of Real Madrid president Florentino Perez
Tottenham manager Pochettino said that 'when Madrid call you, you have to listen'
Pochettino is the number one target of Real president Florentino Perez following Zidane's resignation and was brutally honest during the bombardment of questioning.
'When Madrid call you, you have to listen,' he told El Confidencial. 'Although in this case it doesn't depend on me. I have just signed a long contract at Tottenham and I'm very happy there.'
His honesty is one of the things that makes him such a popular figure in the footballing world, and so his passion and commitment to his current employers must also be considered.
'I'm taking all the speculation in my stride I am part of an exciting project I am content I am happy that the people in Tottenham are happy with me,' he added. 'The most important thing is to enjoy the moment.
'It's not up to me. My commitment is maximum. Let things flow. We are enjoying the moment and what has to happen will happen.
'I am very happy at Tottenham because they let me work and we are growing all together. Now I want to focus on planning the next season, and keep a distance from everything that is being talked about.'
Zinedine Zidane (right) announced his resignation as manager of Real Madrid on Thursday
Asked if the next Real boss would be brave to succeed Zidane, who led Real to an historic treble of Champions League titles in his three seasons as manager, Pochettino responded: 'They have won four Champions Leagues and I have the utmost respect for Zidane. But they have great players. So you can say that (it would take a brave man to take over now) but I would say totally the opposite.'
Spurs will hope it is mere coincidence