Pochettino cautious over Alderweireld claims; addresses Kane concerns

Date published: Thursday 13th September 2018 3:47

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is keeping an open over the possibility of Toby Alderweireld agreeing a new contract at the club.

The Belgian defender’s future with Spurs looked done and dusted after he was frozen out at the end of last season after reportedly failing to agree a new contract.

However, Alderweireld remained at the club over the summer, despite reported interest from Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain, and he has reintegrated into Pochettino’s squad, starting the last three games.

And their hopes of keeping the talented defender improved this week when Alderweireld came out this week while on international duty with Belgium and said he never wanted to leave the club.

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.

“I am not going to talk about individual things. It’s not going to help anyone.”

Pochettino insists he is not worried by Harry Kane’s performances so far this season.

 

Poch on Kane rest theories

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.

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.

Harry Kane Tottenham

“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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