Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has delivered a 12-word answer after being quizzed on the future of West Ham United transfer target Fernando Llorente.
The Daily Star reported earlier this month that the Spain international is a potential free agent addition for the Hammers, and now Pochettino has given his take on the player’s future.
It’s thought that Spurs have offered the 34-year-old fresh terms to try and convince him to stay at the club, despite releasing him at the expiration of his current contract at the end of last season.
This is what Pochettino has said: “I don’t know,” he said, as per the Daily Mirror. “I am not the person you need to ask.”
Pochettino has made a fair few comments this summer about how he knows nothing about transfers and that they are the domain of chairman Daniel Levy and have nothing to do with him. That’s strange, and you sense there’s a bit of gamesmanship going on there from the Spurs boss. It’s highly unlikely that he knows nothing about Llorente being offered a new contract. There’s no way that Levy would do that without consulting the manager. So he’s not quite telling porky pies here, Pochettino, but he’s certainly not revealing the whole truth either. As for what this means for West Ham’s reported pursuit of the veteran frontman, well, it doesn’t really clear anything up, does it? The Hammers are understandably still looking to get one more attacker in to partner Sebastien Haller or compete with him and Javier Hernandez for game time and Llorente, on a free, would obviously be a low cost solution. But who knows what the future holds for the Spaniard? Certainly not Pochettino, apparently.