Mauricio Pochettino ‘insists he will not make squad selections based on contract situations’ as futures of Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld remain uncertain
- Mauricio Pochettino has assured his Tottenham players over his team selections
- Spurs boss insists a player’s contract situation will not affect his squad selection
- Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld’s futures are unclear
- European clubs are still able to buy players until window closes on September 2
Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen have all entered the final year of the current deals and their futures remain up in the air as Spurs head into the new season.
With the European transfer window still open for a few more weeks, the Spurs’ trio could all potentially engineer moves away from north London should foreign clubs register a firm interest in them.
Mauricio Pochettino has assured his Tottenham players over his upcoming team selections
Danny Rose, who has two years left on his current deal, was also told he could search for a new club before Spurs headed out on their pre-season tour of Asia.
However, despite the lingering uncertainty, Pochettino insisted that he will continue to select his strongest starting XI regardless of their transfer status.
Eriksen started Spurs’ 3-1 win over Aston Villa on the bench before coming on to make a big second-half impact.
Danny Rose, who has two years left on his deal, was told he could search for a new club
Jan Vertonghan (second left) was fuming as he watched win over Aston Villa from the stands
Alderweireld and Rose played the full 90 minutes but a furious Vertonghen was made to watch from the stands after being snubbed for selection by his Argentine manager.
Pochettino made the call having been left unimpressed with the centre-back’s fitness following Spurs’s pre-season, though he insisted the decision was a tactical one.
Pochettino informed his players of his squad on Friday and Vertonghen attended the game after training in the morning.
His simmering unhappiness, however, was picked up by his team-mates ahead of the game and evident as he watched on from the stands.