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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that Toby Alderweireld is no longer one of his first-choice defenders and that could see the Belgian depart the club at the end of the season, according to the Daily Mail.

Some of the European top clubs, including Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are all interested in the Belgian, who is yet to sign a contract extension with Spurs. The Daily Mail claims that Spurs are ready to accept £50million for him in the summer should the defender decide to leave.

Alderweireld has endured a frustrating season at North London due to fitness and has not played in the Premier League since October 28.

The 29-year-old’s limited game time this season prompted Belgium boss Roberto Martinez to claim that it is ‘important’ for Alderweireld to play for Spurs between now and the World Cup.

Pochettino has revealed that he had received a message from Martinez after the international break but insisted that he has a decision to make, with all his players back to fitness.

“I am agreed that the players need to play and compete but for me, first of all every single player needs to show in the training session that they are better than their team-mate and then at that moment I pick,” Pochettino was quoted by the Daily Mail.

“Toby in the last four months has struggled with his injury. I am not going to change the system because Toby needs games for the World Cup.

“I need to pick two centre-backs and if you are happy you keep the couple of players and he needs to wait. The interest for me is Tottenham, it’s about Tottenham to win, I understand the manager but what can I do.

“If he keeps working hard he is going to have the opportunity to play and compete but he is an experienced player. He needs to be fit and to be fit he needs to train every day.”

Alderweireld’s return to full fitness is a big boost to Spurs and given that the World Cup is on the horizon, it is important for the Belgian to get some much-needed game time under his belt from now until the end of the season.

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“What a player he was”, “Great goal” – Some Spurs fans go down memory lane about former superstar’s incredible goal

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Glenn Hoddle

Glenn Hoddle was in the news recently as he ripped Tottenham’s defence to shreds post our defeat at San Siro.

The former player and manager wasn’t happy with the lack of commitment from the team and did make sense while criticising some players.

The Tottenham Twitter account posted an old video of Hoddle in his prime. The former player scored a wonderful goal in 1983 as he produced magic against Watford.

The touch, the turn and the finish are unbelievable, to say the least. The 60-year-old now enjoys his time as a pundit but is one of the best English players of his time and this goal more than proves it.

The midfielder won two FA Cups and a UEFA Cup with us during the 80s and it is no wonder some Spurs fans turned the clock back and praised Hoddle.

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Former Tottenham star refutes claims of wanting to leave the club

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Former Tottenham defender Kyle Walker has refuted claims from Mauricio Pochettino which suggested the player wanted to leave Spurs.

The Daily Mail reports that Pochettino’s book claimed that Walker wanted to leave at the end of the 2016/17 season.

However, the Manchester City man claims the Argentine did not view the defender as part of his plans. Walker was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying:

“He told me I wasn’t in his plan.”

The Englishman was further upset about Pochettino revealing these details which he thought was private.

“If he was going to do that he might as well have called a press conference and told everyone. He told one side of the story, but it’s a side of a story I don’t agree with.

“He said he had a witness in there, but he didn’t tell the correct story, no way. Up until now I have never said my part. I have stayed quiet and showed a level of respect to Tottenham and I always will.”

The right-back claimed he got his chances due to the manager but wanted everyone to know what really happened regarding his transfer to City.

Walker did pick up a Premier League title with Pep Guardiola last season but expressed his gratitude as well.

“I was young, needed to improve and he improved me.

“He taught me to look after myself, eat right and rest. I will never forget how much he did.”

The 28-year-old is one of the best right-backs in the Premier League but it was a bit concerning when we sold him and only had Kieran Trippier in the side.

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Tottenham have two quality right-backs in Serge Aurier and Trippier and the Englishman has certainly improved a lot in the last season or so.

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Former Tottenham manager blasts star for performance against Brighton

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Tottenham might have come up with all three points against Brighton but former manager Harry Redknapp was not happy with our defending in the final minutes of the game.

Spurs had raced into a 2-0 lead, thanks to goals from Harry Kane and Erik Lamela. However, Anthony Knockaert pulled one back for the hosts in the 93rd minute.

The Seagulls star had another chance in the 95th minute but shot straight at Paulo Gazzaniga and Redknapp was quoted by Football.london as he had a go at Danny Rose.

The Englishman was responsible for the first goal we conceded and was in attack mode during stoppage time too.

“He [Pochettino] will be bothered by that last minute because it was a nightmare. It’s a poor goal. They’re stretched.

“At this stage of the game you’ve got no need. You’ve got to manage the game not get yourself stretched like that with two minutes to go. Danny Rose shouldn’t be going forward if he’s exhausted. Stay where you are. Keep the clean sheet. Defend first and foremost.”

Erik Lamela

The former manager is right as we suffered a similar fate against Inter Milan a few days earlier. Two late goals from the Italians meant we started our Champions League journey with a loss and we could have dropped more points at the Amex too.

Fortunately, we held on for three points but Pochettino has a lot of work to do before we play like we did last season.

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Spurs are already six points behind league leaders Liverpool and we cannot afford any more mistakes for the remainder of the campaign.

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