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Mauricio Pochettino has insisted he wants to be the manager to take Spurs to the next step, amid continued speculation over whether he could join Manchester United.

Since Jose Mourinho was sacked by United last month, Pochettino has emerged as a leading candidate to take charge in the summer, alongside current caretaker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and England manager Gareth Southgate.

Arguably the one disappointment of Pochettino's reign in charge of Spurs, is that he has been unable to win a trophy.

Yet the Argentine suggested that the club's transformation into a genuine contender for titles deserves greater credit.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: "The way we competed in the last game against Chelsea, not playing in the best way but in the end winning the game, showed that we are more mature and something different is growing.

"The most important thing is we are there fighting, when five years ago it was a hope, a wish, a dream to be with the big sides fighting and talking about titles. That is a massive success and sometimes people don't realise.

"The next step is going to be bigger. I think Tottenham is preparing to be one of the most exciting clubs in the world and hopefully it's with us. If it's not with us, the legacy is going to massive for the next guy's to work here with all the tools to work and be a real contender."

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