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Tuesday 20 November 2018

Poch' backs Toby to pen new deal

Boost for Liverpool as Lloris and Alli ruled out for Spurs at Wembley

Toby Alderweireld could sign a new deal with Spurs
Toby Alderweireld could sign a new deal with Spurs
Spurs’ Dele Alli will miss tomorrow’s clash with Liverpool while Heung-min Son returns
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has not ruled out 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 St Germain, and he has reintegrated into Pochettino's squad, starting the last three games.

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.

Clear

"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 as they prepare to face Liverpool tomorrow at Wembley.

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.

Confidence

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."

Meanwhile, Hugo Lloris will remain Tottenham captain, despite being sentenced for drink-driving this week.

The Frenchman, who currently has a thigh injury, was fined £50,000 and banned from driving for 20 months for the offence which occurred in August.

Boss Mauricio Pochettino supported his goalkeeper in the wake of his arrest, handing him the armband for the game at Manchester United, and has done so again, even though the full details of Lloris' crime were laid bare in court on Wednesday.

Asked whether Lloris, who was found to be twice the legal limit and had a passenger in the car, would remain captain, Pochettino said: "Of course."

The head coach added: "Of course he's the first that regrets everything, and all that happened yesterday is not good.

"Of course he doesn't feel great. He said he was guilty of this situation and it's irresponsible. He's a man. But I think the most important thing is everyone can make a mistake. He made a mistake and he's suffering all the punishment of society.

"He's punishing himself. But of course we're not God, that we can judge people.

"Only we need to try, that he understands, and how he understands that it was a mistake. Then we're all men and women and we can all make mistakes."

Lloris picked up his thigh problem in that win at Old Trafford and Pochettino revealed that he will be out for several weeks, starting with Liverpool's visit to Wembley tomorrow.

Dele Alli will also miss out with a hamstring injury he sustained playing for England last week.

Spurs will have Heung-min Son available after his lengthy stint on international duty with South Korea.

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