Mauricio Pochettino hints Tottenham may make announcement on Man Utd target Alderweireld

Mauricio Pochettino hints Tottenham may make announcement on Man Utd target Alderweireld

13 September 2018 Thursday 19:03
Mauricio Pochettino hints Tottenham may make announcement on Man Utd target Alderweireld

TOTTENHAM boss Mauricio Pochettino has not ruled out Toby Alderweireld agreeing a new contract at the club.

Mauricio Pochettino has hinted Tottenham could keep Toby Alderweireld (Image: GETTY)

The Belgian defender looked set for Manchester United after he failed to agree a new contract.

However, the 29-year-old remained at the club over the summer and he has reintegrated into Pochettino's squad, starting the last three games.

The player came out this week while on international duty with Belgium and said he never wanted to leave the club.

And now Pochettino has hinted an announcement could be forthcoming that he may stay.

Pochettino said: "Look, when in England the transfer window closed and in Europe closed I think we move on.

"Then like always I told you, I never talk about situations, that maybe yes or maybe no, the club is dealing or working.

"In that situation it's not my job to talk about individual situations.

"I think it's so clear, not only in his case, in all the players that have different situations, we are so clear, the club is so clear, when something happens we are going to communicate the news as soon as possible.

Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho failed to land his top defensive targets (Image: GETTY)

"I am not going to talk about individual things. It's not going to help anyone."

Alderweireld was one of a number of centre-backs United looked to sign this summer although their chase was fruitless.

A move for the Belgian fell through while deals for Jerome Boateng, Harry Maguire and Yerry Mina all failed to come off.

Spurs boss Pochettino also insisted he is not worried by Harry Kane's performances so far this season.

Former England coach Gary Neville has led the calls for Kane to be given a rest after a below-par performance for his country against Spain last week.

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld has said he didn't want to leave (Image: GETTY)

The England captain also appeared to labour through the first few games of the new season, even though he scored two goals in four games.

Pochettino, though, says he knows Kane better than anyone.

The Argentinian said: "He needs to provide the team with his best, but maybe in the circumstances we are like a team, or when he plays with England it's maybe not the best conditions for a striker to give the best.

"It's not that I want to justify him, it's only because the period during the season always change.

"The most thing here is the confidence and trust we have in him. There's no doubt that he's one of the best strikers or players in England and in Europe.

“No doubt with Harry but because Harry's so big a player everyone expects him in every single action for him to do something different.

"That's why the expectations and perspective are completely different to another player.

"It's our fifth season at Tottenham and if someone knows him really well I think we do.

"We know Harry Kane very well in the last more than four years we work with him. We know that it's not a situation that worries us.

"We are in a situation that is under control."

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