Atletico Madrid will consider Mauricio Pochettino as their next manager, but will face a battle to get him to leave the Premier League for his next job.
The Spanish club is monitoring the availability of the Pochettino in case of changes in the summer after Diego Simeone’s eight years in office.
Simeone won La Liga, two European leagues and reached two Champions League finals during his time with Atletico, but this season they are sixth in the standings.
Atletico football director Andrea Berta is considered a great admirer of Pochettino after his five years at Tottenham, which ended in November when he was replaced by Jose Mourinho.
Last month Pochettino, speaking at the launch of La Liga TV, revealed that his next job will be in Spain or England. It is thought that his preference would be to stay in the Premier League due to his intense weekly competition between the 20 teams, although Atletico is an attractive proposition for managers.
They may be out of the rhythms of Barcelona and Real Madrid, but potential managers would also work with players such as Portugal forward João Félix at Wanda Metropolitano.
Pochettino is expected to have the choice of clubs when he returns to management, with his reputation still strong after five years at Spurs, when his only dip in form came in the period before losing his job.
The Argentinian coach, 47, has also provided Gareth Southgate with a lot of local talent and has been credited with helping Harry Kane become England’s captain and key player since he played him regularly.
He was considered for work in Arsenal before Mikel Arteta’s appointment and should be in the running for other clubs who are unable to make the Champions League.
Manchester United seem determined to stick with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but Pochettino would be upset if they made another change. Manchester City expects Pep Guardiola to honor his contract, but would be vying every time the Spaniard leaves.
After arriving in Southampton seven years ago, Pochettino would ideally have stayed in England to form another team to compete for the title.
There is also interest abroad, with admirers of Borussia Dortmund. Lucien Favre, their coach, has been the subject of close scrutiny during the campaign. The 62-year-old Swiss coach has contracted until the end of next season.
Atletico have not won at La Liga for a month and are looking to make their way before facing Liverpool in the Champions League on 18 February.
Kieran Trippier hopes to be fit for the first leg of the last clash of 16 in Madrid after undergoing groin surgery.
The English fullback went under the knife to repair a long standing nervous problem and shouldn’t keep it out for long.
Trippier, 29, is expected to return to training before the clash with Jurgen Klopp’s team and is expected to be available for England’s warm-up matches against Denmark and Italy in March ahead of the European Championships.