Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino - Players should play for club, not a manager

Dele Alli insists 'it’s not all about winning trophies for me yet' as he signs on for six more years at Tottenham

Rivaldo Says Pochettino Should Move To Real Madrid, Take Kane With Him

"It is like you are with your girlfriend or wife and you are holding hands, walking down Oxford Street", he said.

"Your wife, rather than being anxious, is so happy to be with you and is in love with you".

Dele Alli signed a new long-term deal with Spurs this week and it is understood the club are hopeful Christian Eriksen will soon follow suit. The manager acknowledged that his players trust he will continue at Spurs but warned that their allegiance must be first and foremost to the club.

"From what I've been hearing, Florentino Pérez appreciates Mauricio Pochettino's qualities and is interested in signing him", Rivaldo told Betfair (via the Evening Standard). "But it is not that they attach to me only".

"I think both options could be important for Real Madrid". We all want to be a part of it. "Otherwise it's hard to achieve big things".

Spurs head into the game following a hectic week which saw them lose 1-0 to Manchester City on Monday before beating West Ham 3-1 just 48 hours later in the Carabao Cup. But another postponement in the opening of the club's new White Hart Lane stadium cast a cloud over events on the pitch and added fuel to this week's rumours. It was Pochettino himself who fuelled that narrative by speaking last week of his frustration at the delays to Tottenham's stadium move and the associated restrictions in spending.

Pochettino maintained on Friday that they are "very close" to that breakthrough, but it is entirely fair to wonder if he will still be in charge when they do, because the club's transition via a new stadium is posing a restriction on what they can spend. Sometimes to win titles today is hard, for many reasons that you and our fans know very well.

"Yeah (credit Pochettino) working with him on the training pitch, the club in terms of going we're gonna go get him, get him, get a manager who is going to invest in the youngsters and obviously work with him on the training pitch, spot on".

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