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Friday 20 September 2019

'I won't pick players out of charity' - Poch

Wanyama looks set to leave by the time the European transfer window shuts on September 2, with strong reports of a possible move to Club Brugge. Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
Wanyama looks set to leave by the time the European transfer window shuts on September 2, with strong reports of a possible move to Club Brugge. Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he cannot pick players out of "charity" if they are no longer performing at the level he expects.

Spurs look set to sell a former mainstay of the team Victor Wanyama while Jan Vertonghen has surprisingly been omitted from the opening two games of the season, with Pochettino partnering Davinson Sanchez with Toby Alderweireld in defence.

Vertonghen's absence from the team has been a constant point of conversation, but Pochettino says the reasoning is very simple.

"I am only going to decide to try and provide the best players that are in my head to play," he said. "If I don't play someone it is because I believe there is another in my opinion that is better. This is very clear.

"It is all about performance. It is all about today. Football is about today and tomorrow not yesterday.

"We are not a charity first of all. It is about performance and we have a lot of options to play different players."

Wanyama looks set to leave by the time the European transfer window shuts on September 2, with strong reports of a possible move to Club Brugge.

"I don't know," Pochettino said on whether he thinks Wanyama will leave. "I cannot say something that might or might not happen. Today it is all rumours."

Spurs will have Son Heung-min available following suspension while Dele Alli is back in contention after his hamstring problem.

New signing Tanguy Ndombele will miss out with a slight thigh strain

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