Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino slams Chelsea for disrespectful comments

Tottenham Hotspur’s South Korean striker Son Heung Min scores their fifth goal during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Bournemouth at Wembley Stadium in London

The Belgium defender will now be contracted to Spurs until the summer of 2020, having been due to be a free agent at the end of the season.

Despite not spending a single penny in the summer window just gone, Pochettino's side have also emerged as an unlikely contender in the current title race - moving into second ahead of defending champions Manchester City on Boxing Day. "It is the same situation as Jan [Vertonghen]", he said.

Alderweireld was expected to leave last summer as Spurs looked to cash in on him after he reportedly rejected a long-term deal.

Spurs sit second in the Premier League table, six points behind leaders Liverpool, who Pochettino says play in a "party"-like atmosphere at Anfield".

"The players will have to play very well, but at the same time they have to be focused, knowing that the quality of the opponent they have in front, any distraction can really punish you".

"That is why when I was asked before, "Do you want to move", I said, "Of course, as soon as possible", because it's going to be a massive boost for the team", he said in his press conference.

However, there is a catch, the club, according to the terms of the option, are obliged to accept any offer of £25 million or above should it arrive before the last two weeks of the summer window.

A few names have come forward for the lucrative role but the name of Mauricio Pochettino seems to be shining the brightest. Until the market is open it's hard to talk because now we have a lot of games to play.

"But I think it's not going to be easy to add players in January".

"It's going to be a place where the fans can help the team to achieve more".

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