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Angels Links: Mauricio Pochettino approached by Real Madrid

The Tottenham manager did not take the chance to rule out a switch, either.

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Pochettino: “When Madrid call, you have to listen“

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that he would listen to an offer from Spanish giants and three-peat Champions League winners Real Madrid. With Zinedane Zidane stepping aside as manager of Real Madrid, just days after winning a third consecutive UEFA Champions League title, many reports say that Pochettino is the first choice of Florentino Perez, ahead of Joachim Löw (currently with Germany’s national team), Arsene Wenger, and Antonio Conte. Pochettino, however, just signed a contract extension until 2023 with Tottenham, but admitted a call from Madrid would be hard to ignore.

“When Real Madrid call you, you have to listen to them,” Pochettino said. “In this case it does not depend on me.

”I have just signed a long contract with Tottenham, and am happy here. There will be lots of rumors and many things said, but I have heard nothing from Real Madrid.”

“I like it a lot at Tottenham as they let me work and we are growing together,” he said. “Now I want to focus on planning for next season, and keep myself a bit away from all that is being said.”

USSF rejects Rocco Commisso’s proposal to revive NASL

The U.S. Soccer Federation has rejected New York Cosmos Owner Rocco Commisso’s $500 million proposal to revive the North American Soccer League as a second division league. Secretary General Dan Flynn stated that the league will need to follow the sanctioning process that has already been in place, the same process that stripped the league of its provisional division two sanctioning. The NASL is currently not running for 2018, with hopes to be operating in 2019.

“If the NASL wishes to seek a sanction for 2019, the NASL should submit the details of its proposal, consistent with the Professional League Standards (PLS) for the division for which it is applying, to the Professional League Task Force (PLTF),” Flynn wrote.

UEFA Financial Investigators recommend kicking AC Milan out of Europa League

Italy’s sleeping giants, AC Milan, have a big problem on their hands. Just weeks after UEFA refused a settlement offer from the club over violations of Financial Fair Play rules, Financial Investigators have reportedly recommended that the Italian club be booted out of the UEFA Europa League. AC Milan finished sixth in Serie A this past season, after being bought for around $850 million by Chinese businessman Yonghong Li. The main issue UEFA has lies in the $350 million loan from Elliott Management, an American hedge fund, which Li needed to seal the deal. That loan is due in October, and so far, there is no indication that Li has that money. What makes it worse is that Milan were banking on making the Champions League after spending over $200 million in the summer to revamp their roster. Also, if Li defaults on the loan, Elliott takes over the club, and will proceed to sell it.

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