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Has Mauricio Pochettino hinted at doubts over his Tottenham future?

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FA Cup elimination at the semi-final stage at the hands of Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United means that Tottenham face another season without silverware as Mauricio Pochettino continues his hunt for a first trophy in management.

The ex-Espanyol and Southampton coach has built a strong squad with the Lilywhites but is yet to come close to winning titles and the frustration was clear for all to see at Wembley on Saturday.

Speaking after the game, where Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera’s strikes cancelled out Dele Alli’s opener, Pochettino appeared to hint that his long-term future may not lie at the club.

“To compete in this type of game, I think we are ready to compete – but win is different,” he explained to BeIN Sports, as quoted by The Telegraph, after the match.

“The most important [thing] is that we are in this process, that after four years we can compete and that is fantastic.

 

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“But the disappointment and frustration is that we are close but we cannot reach.

“I told your colleague before that with me or another coaching staff the club needs to push on, working in this direction and will be fantastic one day for Tottenham to reach the same level as the clubs like Manchester United and Manchester City.

“But a long way to work to arrive at this next level.”

Pochettino has been strongly linked with moves away, with Paris Saint-Germain linked by ESPN and the Daily Mail saying that he is Real Madrid’s top target to replace Zinedine Zidane.

Only at the start of this month, The Telegraph reported that Pochettino would sign a new contract to ward off such interest, but that has not yet been confirmed and the difficult of competing with the biggest clubs in the country whilst spending so much less has been clearer than ever.

The 3-1 Wembley defeat to Manchester City in particular highlighted the gap in quality between the two squads, largely down to finances. Whilst Pochettino was forced to rely on Moussa Sissoko off the bench, Pep Guardiola called upon Bernardo Silva. Following that up with yet another disappointing draw against bottom half opposition in Brighton before being knocked out of the FA Cup may give cause for concern for Tottenham.

Daniel Levy clearly believes in Pochettino’s project but if he is to retain his coach, he may need to stump up the investment to persuade him that the finances are there to support the work that he is putting in on the training pitches.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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Tottenham Hotspur round-up: Striker offload, Martial U-turn and Vertonghen wanted

All the latest news and gossip from Tottenham Hotspur.

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Striker offload

Tottenham Hotspur are stepping up their attempts to remove Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente from the club.

The London Evening Standard is reporting that Tottenham are hoping to raise as much as £30 million in fees by selling the two striker flops.

Spurs signed Dutch international Vincent Janssen in the summer of 2016 but he failed to have an impact and spent last season on loan at Fenerbahce. Llorente arrived as his replacement from Swansea but also struggled.

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Martial u-turn

Tottenham target Anthony Martial will now be allowed to leave Manchester United, according to reports.

The Guardian claim that United manager Jose Mourinho has performed a U-turn and wants the unhappy Frenchman sold this summer.

Tottenham have previously been keen but United want £80 million and would rather sell to foreign parties Bayern Munich or PSG.

Vertonghen wanted

PSG are keen on Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen. As reported by Les Parisien the French champions are looking to bring in a new central defender this summer who can also play in other roles.

The Belgian is the perfect option but Tottenham would seem very unlikely to sell. Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is also on their list.

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Jose Mourinho interest should spring Tottenham into Harry Maguire action, using Toby Alderweireld

Tottenham would be better off losing the Belgian now and bringing in England’s World Cup star.

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Manchester United are the latest team being linked with a move for Leicester City defender Harry Maguire. According to The Telegraph, Jose Mourinho is a big fan of the England World Cup hero and is readying a move.

Any deal would cost in excess of £50 million. The Mirror suggest he will cost £65 million and see the futures of Marcos Rojo. Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones jeopardised.

Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked with Maguire this summer and this development should jolt them into action.

Spurs could have the upper hand in this race, as they have a player Mourinho may want even more than Maguire.

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United are known to be very keen on Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld. The 29-year-old’s contract stand-off with Spurs has seen him linked with an exit this summer. Tottenham are standing firm on any asking price. The latest reports suggested that fee was £75 million.

But, in the long run, allowing Alderweireld to go for cheaper could be a stroke of genius from Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.

Alderweireld is a far more ‘Mourinho’ player and the Manchester United boss would surely prefer him to Maguire. If Levy and Spurs allow the Belgian to go at a cheaper price it would leave the path clear to lodge their own bid for Maguire.

Tottenham would be ridding themselves of a contract rebel who, despite his brilliance, is nearly five years older than the England hero. In return, they would get Maguire, who would suit their style of play perfectly – especially if Mauricio Pochettino decides on playing a back-three.

A little convoluted? Perhaps. However, this could end up being the best case scenario for Tottenham.

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Three reasons why Tottenham target Yehvann Diouf could be next Hugo Lloris

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Hugo Lloris may be Tottenham‘s undisputed number one at White Hart Lane, but reports from France suggest that the club may already be casting one eye over potential long-term replacements.

France Football say that Spurs scouts have been busy at the Under 19s European Championships casting an eye over France goalkeeper Yehvann Diouf, currently on the books of Troyes AC.

The 19-year-old has only one year left on his current contract with the French club and could be targeted to bring him into the youth set-up in north London.

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He’s a youth international

With 104 caps to his name and a recent World Cup winning captain, it’s easy to forget Hugo Lloris’ roots in the youth levels of the French teams. That’s where you’ll now find Diouf. Of Senegalese descent but having opted to play for France, he has featured for both France under 18s and France under 19s, where he is currently first choice.

It is with the French youth team where he is playing in the Under 19 European Championships in Finland and he could face future team-mates as he prepares to face England, including Spurs defender Japhet Tanganga, on Monday for a place at the semi-finals.

He’s being tracked by clubs from all over Europe

L’Equipe claimed that Chelsea were tracking Diouf in 2016 and he has long been on the radar of many sides, despite still not having made his first team debut in France.

Much like Hugo Lloris before he made the move to London, Diouf is likely to have plenty of options on the table if or when he decides the time is right to leave his native country.

He’s a superb shotstopper

Much like Lloris, Diouf’s key strength lies in his reflexes and ability to make astounding saves. Whilst he can still work on the aspect of having the ball at his feet, it has long been identified as one of the weaknesses in Lloris’ game.

With plenty of time until he would be replacing Lloris for Spurs, a few years of tutelage under him could really help bring his game up to the next level.

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