Mauricio Pochettino reveals coffee meeting with Unai Emery after losing Spurs and Arsenal jobs Advertisement Comment Advertisement Phil HaighFriday 22 May 2020 10:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1kShares Unai Emery and Mauricio Pochettino have put rivalries behind them (Picture: Getty Images)Mauricio Pochettino met up with Unai Emery for coffer and to chat about their times in north London after they lost their jobs at Tottenham and Arsenal, respectively, last year.Pochettino and Emery were sacked within 10 days of each other from their Premier League roles after poor starts to the season for both.It was a sad end to a successful time in charge of Spurs for the Argentine, while the Spaniard’s regime at Arsenal never really got off the ground.They had very different times on either side of the north London divide and Pochettino has revealed that he and his assistant, Jesus Perez, met with Emery after their dismissals to talk things over – much to the surprise of onlookers in the capital.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Before the pandemic, me and Jesús met with Unai for a coffee, to talk and share our experiences,’ Pochettino told the Guardian. ‘We were working in different clubs, we were at the enemy, and people were walking past and saying: “Unai and Pochettino and Jesús are now sharing a coffee!” ‘It was in Cockfosters [in north London]. It was very funny.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘It has been an amazing time to review and analyse everything: training sessions, games, our methodology, our models of training … to design specific and collective works. And, of course, to try to adapt for the new normality, to be ready for any eventuality, because the demands are going to be completely different.’Pochettino’s family is still settled in London and a Premier League return remains a possibility for him, although he is keeping his options open as he looks for the ideal return to football.‘We are looking forward for the next job,’ said the 48-year-old. ‘Football is very dynamic and you need to be ready for the moment when the offer appears. We are ready. After six months, our tanks are completely full.‘It’s about the club and, of course, the people, the human dimension. We are so open. Of course, we love England and the Premier League.’MORE: Arsenal and Chelsea keeping tabs on Gladbach teenager Kaan KurtMORE: The ridiculous rule Arsene Wenger wanted to introduce after Arsenal were battered by StokeFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.
Van Gaal and Valdes share a long history, but the Dutchman has been ruthless with the goalkeeper because he claims he refused to play in United’s second string sometime last season. When asked why Valdes had been left out of the squad for United’s pre-season tour of the United States, Van Gaal said: “He is not selected because he does not follow our philosophy. “When that is the case, there is not a place for a player. “Last season, he refused to play in the second team and there are other aspects you need as a keeper at United. “When you are not willing to follow those principles, there is only one way and that is out.” Valdes played under Van Gaal during the Dutchman’s two spells at Barcelona. The United boss handed him his Barca debut in 2002 and the Spaniard cited the presence of Van Gaal as one of the main reasons why he decided to join United in January. But Valdes only played twice for the Red Devils last season – against Arsenal and Hull, when De Gea was injured. Louis van Gaal says Victor Valdes will be sold because he refused to play for Manchester United’s reserves last season. And it seems he will not play for United again. “It is a big disappointment, we thought that he would follow our philosophy,” Van Gaal said. “It is a pity because we have given him the opportunity to rehabilitate, gave him a contract and then he is fit to play. “If you do not play in the first team, our philosophy is to play in the second team and he did not do that.” Valdes did play three games for United’s second string, but it seems he told Van Gaal towards the end of the campaign that he would not be doing so again. United have started planning for life without the former Barcelona stopper, who has been linked with Valencia and Antalyaspor. They are interested in signing Argentinian free agent Sergio Romero. On this tour, Sam Johnstone and Anders Lindegaard will provide back up for De Gea, who has been heavily linked with a move to Real. The Spanish giants would like to sign the goalkeeper this summer, but they have so far refused to meet United’s asking price for the player and senior sources at the club feel the 24-year-old may start the season at Old Trafford. Van Gaal became irritated when asked about how De Gea had responded to being named in the 26-man party for the four-game tour of the US. “His attitude is fantastic and I have said that already,” Van Gaal said. “It is stupid to keep asking about his attitude.” United begin their tour with a friendly in the International Champions Cup against Mexican side Club America in the early hours of Saturday morning in Seattle. Angel di Maria and Javier Hernandez have been left out of the 26-man party due to their international commitments earlier this summer, but Van Gaal revealed the duo will join up with the squad in San Jose a week on Saturday ahead of the final game of the tour against Paris St Germain. Di Maria has been linked with a move to the French club, and Van Gaal did little to play down reports that the £59.7million midfielder wants to leave. “We shall see,” he said when asked whether Di Maria would stay. “In football, it is a process. It’s a process for Di Maria and Man Utd. We shall see. “But he is still a member of United and he said he will come out on July 25.” Hernandez, who is recovering from a shoulder injury sustained on international duty, spent last season on loan at Real Madrid, but will be return to fight for a first-team place this year, it seems. Explaining his decision to loan Hernandez to Madrid last year, Van Gaal said: “I made the decision to let (Danny) Welbeck and Chicharito (Hernandez) go. At the end of August, we also bought (Radamel) Falcao. “When you play a system with two strikers, you have to let players go, but Chicharito is coming back.” Van Gaal handed Valdes a lifeline in January when he gave him an 18-month deal following a serious knee injury. The 33-year-old had been tipped to replace David de Gea if he left for Real Madrid, but Van Gaal has revealed the three-time Champions League will now be sold. Press Association