Po­chet­tino dis­misses ‘ru­mours’

New Straits Times - - Sport -

HONG KONG: Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur man­ager Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino said he was un­con­cerned over spec­u­la­tion Eric Dier and Kyle Walker are due to move away from the Lon­don club in the up­com­ing sum­mer trans­fer win­dow.

The Eng­land in­ter­na­tion­als have been linked with moves to Manch­ester United and Manch­ester City re­spec­tively in the English me­dia this week, but the Ar­gen­tinian dis­missed re­ports the two would leave Spurs ahead of next sea­son.

“There’s a lot of ru­mours,” said Po­chet­tino, who him­self has been linked with a move to Barcelona to re­place the de­part­ing Luis En­rique. “I don’t like to talk about ru­mours, that is an­other.

“Dur­ing the sea­son we hear many ru­mours for our play­ers and my­self too. We are not wor­ried about the sit­u­a­tion with our play­ers. We will take our own de­ci­sion.

“The play­ers we want to keep will stay here next sea­son, we will keep them and the play­ers we want to sell, we will sell if we want.

“But al­ways it’s a club de­ci­sion and we are not wor­ried about the ru­mours.”

Tot­ten­ham go into the close sea­son off the back of the club’s best per­for­mance since the cre­ation of the Pre­mier League in 1992, with the North Lon­don side fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the league be­hind Chelsea.

Po­chet­tino’s team ran out easy 4-1 win­ners over Hong Kong cham­pi­ons Kitchee in a friendly on Fri­day played in front of just over 27,500 fans at Hong Kong Sta­dium.

Son He­ung-Min, Vin­cent Janssen, Harry Kane and Kaza­iah Ster­ling scored for Tot­ten­ham, while Brazil­ian Lu­cas claimed a con­so­la­tion for Kitchee. Reuters

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