Much has been made of the potential targets to be hunted by manager Mauricio Pochettino in the summer transfer window, but the Argentine has distanced himself from one rumoured high-profile player to be linked with the North London club, Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata.
According to the London Evening Standard, the player claimed earlier this week that he had been in contact with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino last summer, amidst growing uncertainty over his future at the Bernabeu, after Real Madrid triggered a buy-out clause to bring the 24-year-old back from Juventus.
The Spanish international has only made 20 La Liga appearances this season but netted 11 goals in that time. The report also claims that Chelsea are interested in bringing the forward to Stamford Bridge. But Pochettino has shrugged off speculation that the club will look to bring Morata to White Hart Lane in the wake of his comments, labelling such a move as an ‘unrealistic’ one to pursue.
“I know Morata from when I started my career at Espanyol”, Pochettino said. “The reality was that he sent a text to me when I was still manager there.”
“He contacted me – it is possible to give so advice and then we kept our relationship, a good relationship.
“He’s a great kid and a very good player but it’s not a realistic situation.”
Aside from potential arrivals, many would have thought that the form of Pochettino’s Spurs this campaign and, indeed over last season, would invite bigger European clubs to circle around their stars in an effort to entice them away from North London. Speculation has emerged over the season regarding players such as Dele Alli and Kyle Walker, but one player has gone somewhat under the radar: Spurs’ Denmark international, Christian Eriksen.
The former Ajax star has netted seven goals and clocked up 11 assists in 2016/17, but has become something of an unsung hero given the exploits of Alli and of course star striker Harry Kane. Pochettino has lauded the Dane with praise, claiming the lack of attention on the creative, yet humble midfielder can only help him and the club, for he is able to play in a relaxed manner, without pressure.
Speaking to The Guardian, Pochettino said: “Christian is a player that does not need too much the feedback of the fans, the media and the people outside.”
“I like that a lot. He does not need to be recognised. He needs only to feel the love from us inside the club, and the recognition from us is massive. He is a very relaxed person but he loves football.”
“He is so special and we always call him ‘Golazo’, because he is capable of scoring unbelievable goals,” Pochettino continued, given the reputation the midfielder has developed for netting long-range scorchers.
Elsewhere, the Daily Mail have claimed that Spurs may be lining up a summer bid for Borussia Dortmund’s 18-year-old USA international star, Christian Pulisic.
With Harry Kane having spent two spells out with injury over the course of the season, and with Vincent Janssen the only other out-and-out forward on the club’s books, much has been made of Spurs’ lack of depth in the centre-forward position. The Dortmund youngster has been earmarked as a potential solution and may add extra pace and dynamism to the attacking line.
Pulisic has scored five goals in 35 outings for the Bundesliga giants this season, and the report claims that Tottenham’s chief scout Steve Hitchen was present at the Westfalenstadion during Dortmund’s 3-2 Champions League quarter-final first-leg defeat to Monaco, where the youngster impressed against left-back Andrea Raggi having come on as a half-time substitute.
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