Pochettino denies dropping Chelsea and Man United target due to contract issues

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has denied that the reason Chelsea and Manchester United transfer target Toby Alderweireld is currently not even able to get into his match day squad is because of the contract stand off he is currently having with the club’s board.

The Belgium international has been passed fit for over a month now after a long injury lay off, but Spurs Argentinian coach seems reluctant to bring him back into the fold.

As we reported last week it is thought that Alderweireld is being marginalised at by the White Hart Lane club in a similar fashion to what occurred with now Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker last season, due to his demands for a pay increase to match what other top defenders receive at rival top six sides.

Spurs have done remarkably well however without a player who is widely considered to be one of the best in his position, not just in the Premier League, but in European football.

Pochettino’s men are currently on a five game winning streak in the league, and the 44-year-old coach has revealed his decision not to include Alderweireld in his plans as of late has nothing to do with his contract issues.

“I don’t care about the personal situations with the club,” Pochettino said.

“If they show me they deserve to play, they are going to play. It is not about personal feelings or emotions. It is about providing the team with the best tools to win.

“My decision is always about football. It is not personal and not because of a contract problem. I don’t care about that. Always my decision is about what is best for the team and the best for the club.”

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