Manchester City head coach, Pep Guardiola, has spoken out on the reports linking Tottenham Hotspur coach, Mauricio Pochettino to replace Julen Lopetegui at Real Madrid.
Pochettino has been added to the possible list of replacement for Lopetegui. on has the La Liga giants have been going through tough time.
Lopetegui is under intense pressure at the Santiagao Bernabeu just four months after taking over from former Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane.
The Champions League holder were defeated 5-1 by Barcelone on Sunday evening in the El Clasico La Liga fixture at the Camp Nou.
Speaking ahead of his side’s Premier League clash with Tottenham on Monday night, Guardiola said he believes Spurs chairman, Daniel Levy will not allow Pochettino, who is now a top coach, to leave the club for Madrid.
“I think he [ Pochettino ] is already a top coach, not next,” Guardiola told The Independent.
“For many years, he is training at a high level. He did an incredible job at Espanyol and Southampton and especially here at Tottenham.
“I have a lot of respect for the job he has done in his career so he is already a reality as a manager, no doubt.
“He has been linked, many times, with Real Madrid. He can answer that question but I don’t know what happens. What I think is Mr Levy is not an easy guy to negotiate with.”