Tottenham Hotspur fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester United in an International Champions Cup fixture held in Shanghai today. The game was a closely contested encounter with an 80th-minute strike from United youngster Angel Gomes proving to be the difference between the sides.
After the game, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was predictably asked about the future of some of his players who have been linked with moves away from the club.
The Argentine was asked if there were any updates on Danny Rose’s future and insisted that he was unaware of any developments. However, the 47-year-old said that Rose will rejoin training with the first team if he is still at the club when the squad reaches back to London.
Speaking to Football.London, Pochettino said, “No, I think the club have said nothing. It’s not my position to talk about the players who are not here.
“If the club need to communicate something they will communicate. You know very well Vincent has been sold and GK Nkoudou, Davies, Davinson Sanchez, Wanyama, there are a lot of players training at the training ground.
“The only update is going to come through the website or the club if they need to. They are our players who are training in London and when we go back they will be involved with the first team.”
The Spurs manager was also asked if Toby Alderweireld will still be a Tottenham player next season with the £25 million release clause in his contract soon about to expire (Guardian).
Pochettino, however, pleaded ignorance about the matter and suggested that he will be happy to work with the squad he has at his disposal at the end of the transfer window.
He added, “Like it was yesterday, I’m not going to talk. I’m going to work with the players at the end of the transfer market that the club is going to provide to us. Nothing to say about that.
“I am very focused on working with the players that we have and the club provide us, the coaching staff, and try to help them to improve and work with the players who we are going to have at the end of the transfer market.
“My position from now for the future so you know, otherwise every time…I’m not going to talk about signing players, selling players, extending the contract of the players or not extending the contract of the players.
“That is going to be all through the club to update you if they want. I’m not going to communicate or talk about that, I’m going to talk about managing the squad that we have.
“To make clear because in the future if you’re going to ask me it’ll be a little bit weird because I won’t answer because I don’t have the answer.”
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Based on recent reports in the press, it does look like Danny Rose’s Tottenham career is set to come to an end after 12 years. However, the prospect of holding on to Alderweireld seems much more realistic now that his release clause is about to expire.
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