Mauricio Pochettino wants to manage in the Premier League for many years to come but stopped short of confirming whether that would be at Southampton.
Having arrived at St Mary's a relative unknown in English football, the former Argentina international's stock has risen markedly since his controversial appointment in January 2013.
Saints' possession-based, attacking game and focus on home-grown talent has been praised by many and has led to Pochettino receiving admiring glances from clubs across Europe.
Real Madrid, Marseille and Monaco have been mentioned as potential suitors, while reports have intensified this week linking Tottenham with a summer move.
"In football I am very much accustomed to living with these rumours," Pochettino said of the link to Spurs.
"I have been living with and hearing these rumours all my life, firstly as a player and then as a manager.
"I am just calm. I am not reacting to these rumours.
"I am fully focused on the job ahead. My job ahead is these last five games of the season with Southampton to try and get as many points as we can."
Who could replace Tim Sherwood as Tottenham manager?
Who could replace Tim Sherwood as Tottenham manager?
1/11 Frank de Boer
Hugely respected former Ajax and Barcelona player Frank de Boer looks to have taken well to management having won the Eredivisie the last four years running. As respected as it is, Ajax has a tendency to be a stepping stone on to bigger things. So is Spurs big enough? The Dutchman has been strongly linked and in return he has suggested he would be keen.
2/11 Mauricio Pochettino
When Southampton appointed Pochettino it came as a shock. Few knew much more about him than he once tripped Michael Owen in the box when England met Argentina at the 2002 World Cup. Since then, he's shown himself to be a more than adept manager in the Premier League, making the most of the youthful team he found at St Mary's and instilling an ambition in the club few realised they were capable of. Since the departure of executive chairman Nicolas Cortese, the man who brought Pochettino to the club, there have been question marks over his future.
3/11 Glenn Hoddle
Glenn Hoddle was a fans favourite at White Hart Lane and has previously managed the North London club. The former England manager has been out of work since leaving his role as Wolverhampton Wanderers boss in 2006 and has openly expressed his desire to manage Tottenham Hotspur once again. He wasn't shy of criticising Sherwood either.
4/11 Jurgen Klinsmann
A Tottenham legend, Jurgen Klinsmann lit up the Premier League during his spell at White Hart Lane. Many Spurs fans will have fond memories of the German genius during his time in North London and would love to see the current United States national team boss make a return to the Lane.
5/11 Justin Edinburgh
Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Justin Edinburgh has worked wonders with League Two Newport County during his two-and-a-bit-years with the South Wales club. He joined the Exiles in 2011 and went on to win the Conference Premier play-offs the season after. Could he be a surprise candidate for the White Hart Lane hot seat?
6/11 Jupp Heynckes
The veteran German manager, who was named Fifa coach of the year in January, has been out of work since leaving Bayern Munich in May. In his last season at the German giants he won the Bundesliga, German Cup and the Champions League. He is currently retired but could the opportunity to manage Tottenham Hotspur draw him out of his armchair?
7/11 Sean Dyche
After being unceremoniously sacked by Watford, Sean Dyche has reinvented himself at Championship side Burnley. Dubbed the 'Ginger Mourinho' by the Turf Moor crowd, Dyche is a manager whose stock is rising, with his Clarets side having been promoted to the Premier League for next season.
8/11 Diego Simeone
Diego Simeone has taken to management like a duck to water, although the British public may not be his biggest fans, after the Argentinian was responsible for getting David Beckham sent-off at the 1998 World Cup in France. His record in Spain since taking over Atletico Madrid has been incredibly impressive with his side in contention for the La Liga title as well as reaching the lChampions League final. Might be difficult for Spurs to convince him to switch.
9/11 Michael Laudrup
The Dane has been out of work since being sacked by Swansea City over e-mail in February. During his time in Wales he led the Swans to their first trophy in their 102-year history as well as getting them to play some of leagues most attractive football.
10/11 Eddie Howe
Eddie Howe's name being thrown into the mix for the Tottenham manager's job could come as a surprise to the fans, but he is a manager that has impressed this season in the Championship. After a successful period at Bournemouth, he left for Burnley, his time at Turf Moor wasn't the best, but since returning to the Cherries he has got them playing an attractive style of football and up to 12th in the Championship.
11/11 David Moyes
Before he was 'chosen' to manage Manchester United, Moyes was linked with Spurs. Having been sacked after less than 10 months in charge of Manchester United, White Hart Lane could provide a quick return to management. His record prior to his latest job is excellent - after all - United thought he was good enough to replace Sir Alex.
Pochettino was peppered with questions about his future ahead of Saturday's match with Cardiff - a regular theme in pre-match press conferences since the departure of divisive executive chairman Nicola Cortese.
The former defender last summer said he would follow the Italian out of the club should he leave, yet stayed on at Saints after his January exit.
Pochettino plans to sit down with the new board this summer to discuss his and the club's future, although insisted he is "very happy" and "grateful" to be at Saints.
"I have already said I don't talk about rumours," he added. "Tottenham still have a manager, I still have one more year on my contract, I don't talk about rumours and I'm focused on this job.
"I said back in January that at the end of the season I will be speaking to the club. The possibilities are open."
While coy when asked about his short-term future, Pochettino made his desire to stay in the Premier League quite clear, which will only fuel speculation about a potential move to north London.
Asked if his long term future was in the English top-flight, he said: "Yes, yes, yes.
"I would like to be in the Premier League, it is the best league in the world, and I'd like to be here as long as I can."
Those sentiments will no doubt be echoed by Saturday's opponents Cardiff, although their dalliance with the Premier League looks likely to be ending soon.
The Welsh side sit 19th in the standings and six points adrift of safety with just five matches remaining, putting them in serious danger of an immediate return to the Championship.
Cardiff suffered a 3-0 home defeat to Crystal Palace last time out but Pochettino, whose side sit comfortably in eighth, will not be taking them for granted.
"The motivation is always there because we have to defend to the death our colours, our shirt," he said.
"That's what we aim to do in every single game.
"We want to get the maximum number of points out of any season and it's a motivation for these players to be the first players at this football club to get this maximum number of points in the Premier League.
"We also need to look at the growth of this team and of every single player. Those two factors are a massive motivation for us."