Mauricio Pochettino says he will no longer speak to the media about transfers or contract negotiations amid ongoing speculation about comings and goings at Tottenham.
Spurs have been heavily linked with an audacious swoop for Juventus forward Paulo Dybala in recent days, with reports in Italy suggesting the Argentinian is considering his future with the Serie A champions.
Meanwhile, Toby Alderweireld’s £25 million release clause has expired but there is talk the Belgian could still leave before the transfer window for an increased fee. Christian Eriksen’s future with Tottenham is also unclear going into the final two weeks of the transfer window.
Asked about Alderweireld’s situation after Tottenham’s 2-1 friendly defeat to Manchester United in Shanghai, Pochettino revealed he will no longer answer questions on transfers or contracts, leaving those issues to the club instead.
“I’m not going to talk,” Pochettino said (via the London Evening Standard). “I’m going to work with the players at the end of the transfer market that the club is going to provide to us. Nothing to say about that.
“I am very focused on working with the players that we have and the club provide us, the coaching staff, and try to help them to improve and work with the players who we are going to have at the end of the transfer market.
“My position from now for the future, so you know: I’m not going to talk about signing players, selling players, extending the contract of the players or not extending the contract of the players.
“That is going to be all through the club to update you, if they want. I’m not going to communicate or talk about that, I’m going to talk about managing the squad that we have.
“To make clear because in the future if you’re going to ask me it’ll be a little bit weird because I won’t answer because I don’t have the answer.”
It remains a mystery as to why no club triggered Alderweireld’s release clause before it expired. His quality is obvious but perhaps his wage demands are too high, which would explain why he hasn’t signed a new contract with Tottenham.
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