Mauricio Pochettino has made an apparent U-turn on his declaration that he would never consider managing Barcelona by admitting that "you never know what will happen in life".
The 48-year-old, who spent a combined five years at Espanyol as a player and coach, now appears more open to managing Catalan rivals Barca.
"Let me be clear about this. I had just visited Barcelona and I bumped into [president Josep Maria] Bartomeu at a bar," he told El Pais. "We said hello because our children were at the same school and we chatted for about five minutes.
"This generated a rumour which raised alarm bells because there were other teams that wanted me, and when I was asked about it, I wanted to be categorical.
"I did not want to disrespect Barcelona. I could have said things differently. Espanyol has made my career. But I'm not arrogant and didn't want to say something like that.
"Maybe now I would not have said it because you never know what will happen in life."