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Meeting ex-Man United boss a dream - Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino enjoyed lunch with Sir Alex Ferguson. Credit: PA

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino described meeting Sir Alex Ferguson this week as like a "dream come true" but insists the subject of Manchester United did not come up.

Pochettino met Ferguson at a restaurant in central London on Tuesday, sparking rumours the Argentinian may be a target to take over at Old Trafford.

Spurs ended the speculation on Thursday, however, by announcing Pochettino had signed a new five-year contract at White Hart Lane, extending his previous deal by two years until 2021.

For me, it was a dream come true.

When I was young, when I started my career as a manager, he was always my inspiration, my reference and when you can share two hours with a person who, for me, was the greatest manager in the world, the history of football, only you can enjoy.

It was difficult because I wanted to stop time but it was impossible. It was fantastic.

Did he ask about Manchester United? No. If you know Sir Alex Ferguson, he is a person we can all learn from because he has a fantastic history about football and about life.

– Mauricio Pochettino


Spurs star Son wants to play at Olympic Games

Tottenham are under no obligation to release Son. Credit: PA

Tottenham forward Son Heung-min faces an anxious wait to find out if his club will grant his wish to play at the Olympic Games this summer.

Son is eager to represent South Korea in Rio and is one his country's star players but participation would seriously curtail his contribution for Spurs at the start of next season.

Tottenham are under no obligation to release Son as the Olympic Games is not currently part of FIFA's international calendar.

"We're still waiting for the decision so I can't say anything," Son said.

"It's a very nice tournament and competition, and every player wants to go to play there.

"I've played in the World Cup and Asian Cup and I haven't played in the Olympics. We'll see what happens."


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Pochettino: Spurs being above Arsenal is not important

Pochettino is not too bothered about finishing above Arsenal. Credit: PA

Mauricio Pochettino insists finishing above Arsenal is not important to Tottenham this season.

Spurs have ended every campaign below their bitter rivals since 1995 but are within touching distance of breaking that streak with two games left to play.

Pochettino's men sit three points clear of the Gunners in second and are also 14 ahead on goal difference, meaning one win will almost certainly be enough.

Tottenham will be hoping to seal that victory when they host Southampton on Sunday but Pochettino maintains Arsenal are not on their agenda.

The Argentinian said:

No, I don't think about that. We have our own challenge but it is not our principle challenge to be above Arsenal. We want to play well and win trophies but this is not important for us.

– Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino

Spurs midfielder Dembele receives six-game ban

Mousa Dembele won't play for while. Credit: PA

Spurs midfielder Mousa Dembele has been handed a six-game ban by the Football Association following his clash with Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

Mousa Dembele will serve a six-match suspension with immediate effect after he committed an act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder accepted the charge but denied The FA’s claim that the standard punishment of three matches which would otherwise apply to this offence was clearly insufficient.

An Independent Regulatory Commission upheld The FA’s claim at a hearing today [Friday 6 May 2016] and ordered that an additional three-match suspension was appropriate.

The player was involved in an incident with Chelsea’s Diego Costa in or around the 45th minute of the fixture at Stamford Bridge on Monday [2 May 2016].

– FA Statement

Spurs midfielder Dembele accepts FA charge

Mousa Dembele faces a ban. Credit: PA

Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele has accepted the Football Association's charge of violent conduct, head coach Mauricio Pochettino has announced.

Dembele appeared to claw his fingers down Diego Costa's cheek during Spurs' 2-2 draw at Chelsea on Monday night.

The Belgian had until 6pm on Thursday to respond but he has not contested the charge and could now face a lengthy suspension.

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