TOTTENHAM legend Ricky Villa will make a last ditch attempt to get Mauricio Pochettino to swerve Chelsea and rejoin Spurs.
The Argentine boss is widely expected to take the reigns at Stamford Bridge after their horror season.
It will be his first job in England since his largely successful five years at Tottenham.
Many Spurs fans had been praying the 51-year-old would return and fill their managerial vacancy after the sacking of Antonio Conte.
And Villa, best known for his two goals in the FA Cup Final replay of 1981, has not yet given up hope of his compatriot returning to North London.
He told talkSPORT: "It's a difficult moment for the club. [But] the club is very strong and there will be a recovery very soon.
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"Pochettino should come back. We need Pochettino back into the team."
When reminded that the boss looked set for the Blues, Villa said: "Yes, yes, yes… [but] Spurs have not called him. If he had another offer, he would have to make a decision.
"It's not my decision, it's the decision of the chairman. I'm meeting Pochettino next week and we'll see what happens."
Villa joined Tottenham from Racing Club in 1978 and would become a fan favourite at the club over his five years.
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More than 30 years on another Argentine would capture the hearts of supporters.
Pochettino quickly had Spurs playing expansive football and managed regular finishes in the top four between 2014 and 2019.
He also took the club to the 2019 Champions League final where they lost to Liverpool.
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