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Pochettino: No future talk until after UCL final

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Monday, 27 May 2019 07:23

LONDON -- Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has said it would be "embarrassing" to talk about his own future ahead of the Champions League final against Liverpool on Saturday.

Pochettino has been linked with Italian champions Juventus following the departure of Massimiliano Allegri, and has indicated previously that the backing of chairman Daniel Levy in the transfer market would determine whether he has a future at Spurs.

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But ahead of the Madrid final, Pochettino stressed his future means nothing in comparison to the biggest week in the club's history.

"Today, no one is more important that the game ahead," Pochettino said at a news conference on Monday. "We can make history, we can provide our fans and our people the best happiness in football that you can provide and I think today to talk about individual things would be embarrassing and a shame.

"I am not important. I am not more important than the Champions League and the possibility to win a trophy.

"Of course rumour is rumour and of course you are going to ask me about me, but today the focus is 200 percent on the final. After the final we will have time to talk but today my commitment is about Tottenham."

Meanwhile, Pochettino said Harry Kane's progression remains positive but added no further details on his recovery from a serious ankle injury.

Kane returned to full training on Friday and remains in line to play some part against Liverpool.

"I started to feel my way back with the team at the end of last week," Kane said. "There have been no problems so far.

"For me, this week now is to get the fitness as high as possible. Then it's down to the manager. Like I said, I feel good. The manager will assess it and decide whether I'm ready to go or not. But so far, I feel good and ready.

"I'm back with the team. I did a lot of work on my own to get me into a good place to go back with the team. Since I've been with them, I've been full training, doing everything. I'm at a place now where I'm ready to go for any game but again, it's down to the manager."

Asked whether he was concerned of injuring his ankles further, he added: "For me, it's just doing everything I can to strengthen them. We've got three games coming up in this short period over the next couple of weeks and then we will probably have four weeks off in the off-season.

"In those four weeks it's for me to do a lot of rehab, continue the process and not just switch off. When you look at a lot of the injuries, a lot of them have been contact, tackles. I've been unfortunate but of course when something happens four or five times you always look to see if there are any improvements can I make.

"That will be my goal over the off-season: of course to carry on being fit and to strengthen the ankle as much as possible."

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