Dele Alli and Kyle Walker speculation must not disrupt Spurs' season, says Mauricio Pochettino

Julian Bennetts
The Telegraph
Walker (left) and Alli have both been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane - Rex Features
Walker (left) and Alli have both been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane - Rex Features

Mauricio Pochettino has told Tottenham’s players not to let speculation over their futures derail their title bid and has asked the club’s fans to trust him and chairman Daniel Levy if any big names do leave this summer.

Dele Alli has linked with a move to Manchester City by former Barcelona captain Xavi and Kyle Walker held talks with Pochettino last week over his future after interest from both Manchester clubs.

And when asked if All would definitely be at the club next season, Pochettino said he "cannot guarantee” anything in the future, although he also referenced the death last week of the club’s Under-23 coach Ugo Ehiogu in his answer.

Instead, the Argentinean told his team not to allow their focus to waver as they head to Crystal Palace on Wednesday hoping to cut Chelsea’s lead at the top of the table.

“I cannot guarantee anything in life,” said Pochettino on Alli. “[It is] most important to enjoy the present. I am so sad [after Ehiogu’s death], enjoy the present, don’t think about the future.

<span>Pochettino asked Tottenham's fans to trust him</span> <span>Credit: Rex Features </span>
Pochettino asked Tottenham's fans to trust him Credit: Rex Features

“In the future we take the best decision for the club. After three years you can see how the team is improving every year and all our decisions so far are good. Trust in the club that we will take the best decision for the club to achieve, improve next season again, that’s the most important.

“We care a lot about the club and now we must focus on the present try to help the team and club to be there if Chelsea drop points, and it will be special if in the last season at White Hart Lane we win the Premier League.

“Over the next three to four weeks we must give our best, and make big efforts for all of us for the players to try to focus - don’t think about holidays, rumours, what will happen next season.

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“I want the last three to four weeks a big effort from everyone to achieve. Then we can congratulate everyone and try next season.”

Tottenham will go into the game at Selhurst Park seven points behind Chelsea if Antonio Conte’s side beat Southampton on Tuesday but Pochettino believes they are catchable if Spurs win their final six matches.

“The next six games are all finals,” he added. “Can we catch Chelsea? Of course, and then it’s not certain. It’s up to Chelsea. Today they play, we see what happens but for us tomorrow is a game we must win.”

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