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Pochettino: Man Utd manager 'will always' be special

Pochettino and Mourinho have a lot of time for each other. Credit: PA

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino insists Jose Mourinho is still, and will always be, special.

Spurs take on Manchester United on Sunday, hoping to extend a difficult period for their opponents, who have managed only one win in eight Premier League matches.

Mourinho, the self-proclaimed Special One, sees his United team six points behind Tottenham and already 13 points adrift of table-toppers Chelsea ahead of the game.

Pochettino, however, believes the Portugese needs more time at his new club.

Pochettino said:

For me, he is the Special One and will always be the Special One. For me, he was a reference when I started my career at Espanyol. He was always very kind to me and opened his door.

I always assess my colleagues and try to be objective - I really believe he is one of the best.

Sometimes you struggle a bit - it's not easy to arrive at a new club, set up ideas and philosophy but, for me, he was, is and will be one of best managers in football history.

– Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino

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Spurs legend King wants to continue coaching career

Ledley King wants to coach at Spurs. Credit: PA

Former Tottenham captain Ledley King wants to resurrect his coaching career with the club next year.

King retired four years ago due to a persistent knee injury and worked briefly with Spurs' under-18s in 2014.

The 36-year-old took a break due it being too much too soon but now plans to approach the club's head of coaching and development John McDermott about a fresh coaching role.

"It's something I will get back into, hopefully going into next season," King told Press Association Sport.

"I'm lucky to have the club here so it'll be a case of speaking to the right people, John McDermott maybe, who helped me start it up, and getting it back on track.

"I need to give it a good go and see if I'm any good. I started my badges and then stopped them. I was working two days a week with the under-18s here.

"Everyone asks players if they want to go into coaching and expect them to be the next best thing in management. I don't know what I'd be like.

"It'll be a learning process for me. It's like starting all over again. First I have to be good at what I do. If I feel I can be good then I can step by step start thinking about future roles."

Alderweireld returns to Tottenham squad for CSKA clash at Wembley

Spurs welcome back Toby Alderweireld after the defender's injury lay-off. Credit: PA

Toby Alderweireld returns to the Tottenham squad for Wednesday's Champions League game at home to CSKA Moscow.

Alderweireld has been out for almost eight weeks with a knee injury and is likely to be named on the bench for the Group E match at Wembley.

Erik Lamela is unavailable as he has a family issue in Argentina while Ben Davies and Vincent Janssen are both recovering from ankle injuries.

Provisional Spurs squad: Lloris, Vorm, Lopez, Rose, Davies, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Carter-Vickers, Wimmer, Walker, Trippier, Dier, Wanyama, Winks, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Sissoko, Onomah, Nkoudou, Son, Kane.

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Vertonghen latest player to sign new Spurs deal

Jan Vertonghen is staying put. Credit: PA

Defender Jan Vertonghen has signed a new contract at Tottenham that will run until 2019, the club have announced.

Vertonghen has been in negotiations since the end of last season and his new deal extends his commitment to Spurs by a year.

The Belgium international moved to White Hart Lane in July 2012 from Ajax and has become a key figure under manager Mauricio Pochettino.

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