Spurs to trigger Alderweireld contract extension, says Pochettino

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"It is the same situation as Jan [Vertonghen]", he said.

Vertonghen is also not due to be available again for Tottenham until next month as he continues his recovery from a thigh injury while Wanyama is still working his way back from a long-term knee problem.

While Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez have struggled with injuries this term, Alderweireld has been a mainstay of the side, making 24 appearances.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has made it clear that he wants no repeat of the "disrespect" his team was shown by Chelsea and their players when Spurs last attempted to win the Premier League.

But such is Spurs' momentum at the minute - they have won 12 of their last 14 games in all competitions - that players are desperate to get out on the pitch.

"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".

"Dele yesterday was involved in the squad but after was out of the 18".

"We're always open [to signing players in January] but it's going to be hard - maybe not impossible but hard", Pochettino said. But this morning he said to me, "Gaffer I'm going to be ready". "Then we can talk that we can fight for big things".

"I have a very good memory and he is doing a fantastic job".

Pochettino said Spurs will need to sell players in January before they can think about signing anyone and added it will be hard to recruit. For sure it's going to be tough to add. We translate a lot of emotion to the people.

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

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