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Pochettino wants to put an end to “stupid rumors” about Chelsea’s future

Mauricio Pochettino © Getty Images

Mauricio Pochettino has called for an end to “stupid rumours” about his future at Chelsea after the Blues put themselves firmly in Europa League contention with Thursday’s 2-0 win over Tottenham.

The victory at Stamford Bridge put the Argentine team within three points of sixth-placed Manchester United, which could be a qualifying spot for the European secondary competition, with the Conference League being a more achievable goal.

Pochettino, 52, who signed a two-year contract with the option of a further year last May, has been under intense pressure during an inconsistent season in which a young team has been devastated by injuries.

But the Chelsea manager was optimistic after the victory against fifth-placed Tottenham, one of his former clubs.

“(The task) is to prove after all these circumstances (injuries) that we deserve to be here next season,” he said. “Who is going to judge me? We have to judge ourselves.

“Enough of these types of rumors. If I have one more year left on my contract here and no one says anything, I guess I’ll be here. (Unless) we finish the season and someone says ‘ciao’ to me.

“We don’t know at the moment. I have one more year on my contract. But enough of the stupid rumours. We have to ask the club if they want me to continue or not, not write things that make no sense.”

Chelsea have responded impressively to last month’s 5-0 rout at Arsenal, where fans accused them of lacking fight, recovering from a 2-0 deficit to draw at fourth-placed Aston Villa before of the match against Tottenham.

The club, which has spent more than £1 billion ($1.26 billion) on new players since 2022, has lost just three times in the league since Christmas Eve and has eight wins in its last 16 games.

“The results and the competition are different and I agree that (at the start of the season) we did not compete well,” Pochettino said. “But speaking of performances, I think we are in the top six.”