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Spurs not worried about Poch after boss is spotted at lunch with Sir Alex Ferguson to fuel flames of Manchester United move

By Tom Allnutt

Mauricio Pochettino was the instigator of Tuesday's meeting with Sir Alex Ferguson but Tottenham remain confident their head coach will sign his new contract.

Pochettino has verbally agreed a new five-year deal with Spurs but he and assistant Jesus Perez were pictured leaving a London restaurant with Ferguson, who retains a strong influence at Manchester United and works as a director for the club.

Ferguson expressed his admiration for Pochettino earlier this year, sparking rumours the Argentinian could be a candidate to take over should Louis van Gaal leave Old Trafford this summer.

It is understood, however, that it was Pochettino who set up the get-together with the former United boss and that he was open about it from the start, informing Tottenham last week that the meeting was going to take place.

The pair have spoken before at League Managers Association events and it is believed they organised a few times to meet socially, only to have to cancel due to other commitments.

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