Cape Town - Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio
Pochettino has reportedly assured players he will not think about their
contracts when picking the team.
Despite spending money for the first time in two seasons this summer
on players such as Tanguy Ndombele, Spurs have several players with
limited time left on their deals and they have been linked with moves
away over the summer.
Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld, and Jan Vertonghen are all
entering the final year of their current contracts, while Danny Rose has
just two years remaining and was told he could leave the club during
Alderweireld and Rose both played 90 minutes in their 3-1 win over
Aston Villa on Saturday, though Eriksen and Vertonghen were left out of
the starting XI, with the latter not even named in the matchday squad.
Ahead of their trip to Manchester City on Saturday however,
Pochettino's judgement will not be clouded by contract talks and he will
pick his teams according to form and tactics.
Eriksen is the biggest doubt in terms of having a long-term future in
north London at the moment. The former Ajax starlet was quoted in the
summer as saying he may fancy a new challenge following their Champions
League final loss to Liverpool.
Eriksen was signed by Andre Villas-Boas in 2013 and has made 277
appearances for them, scoring 66 goals. Real Madrid have been linked
with a move for him and it is still possible with the European transfer
window open until the start of next month.
Alderweireld has been linked with a switch to Roma over the summer
and reportedly has a low-cost release clause in his current deal which
could see him depart for as little as £25 million.
Vertonghen could also leave for a cut-price deal due to his current
contract but the Belgian defender said during the summer that he expects
to stay put at Spurs for the time being, despite being left out
entirely versus Villa.
Rose was left out of Tottenham’s squad for their pre-season tour of
China in order for him to pursue a move away. PSG were linked but no
concrete bid came in, though Spurs did turn down a deadline day move