'I could leave' - Mauricio Pochettino makes stunning Chelsea future claim amid Todd Boehly call

Mauricio Pochettino has played down the significance of his future at Chelsea, stating "it would not be the end of the world" if he were to depart from Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

The Argentine highlighted that the decision over his tenure isn't solely in the hands of the club's ownership; he too will have input on his career path beyond the current campaign. Despite not expressing discontent with life in west London, Pochettino emphasised the necessity for a dialogue with Chelsea's top brass as the season draws to a close.

Under Pochettino's guidance, Chelsea have experienced a season of highs and lows since his arrival last July, yet recent triumphs against Tottenham and West Ham have kept European aspirations alive. Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Nottingham Forest on Saturday, Pochettino said: “If we are happy then it’s perfect, but it’s not only if the owners are happy because you need to ask us also because maybe we are not happy and we need to split.

“It would not be the first time a coaching staff decided to not keep going. Tomorrow I could say I am going to leave. It’s two parts if they make a decision and it’s not only if Chelsea are not happy, the owner is not happy, the sporting director is not happy.

“Maybe we are not happy because we arrived here with a job to do, but in the end it’s not what we expect. I am not saying I am not happy. If we split it’s not a problem, it will not be the end of the world.”

Chairman Todd Boehly talked up his side’s progression earlier this week after Chelsea leapfrogged Manchester United into seventh place. Speaking at a Sportico conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Boehly said: “We’ve seen, over the last two and a half games at least – the second half of Aston Villa, Tottenham and West Ham – where we played just beautiful football.

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“It was so fluid, it was exactly the way we drew it up, when we came out of the back, built up and moved up the pitch, (it was) very organised.”

Pochettino believes it is good for everyone at the club to hear the public support of the ownership. “I think he described the reality, I think Todd has always been good with us and even in the tough moments he was very positive. To go public now and if the owner is happy then it’s much better for the club, for the fans, for the players and for the owners also.”