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Spurs to trigger Alderweireld's contract extension

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has said the club will trigger an extension clause in Toby Alderweireld's contract.

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.

However, by taking up the year's option it also activates a £25million release clause which runs from the start of the 2019 summer transfer window to the last two weeks.

The news comes several weeks after Spurs also triggered an option on Alderweireld's Belgium team-mate and close friend Jan Vertonghen's contract.

Pochettino said: "Yes, for sure. It is obvious. It is the same situation as Jan (Vertonghen)."

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

The 29-year-old barely played at the back end of last season, despite being fit after a hamstring injury, as Pochettino appeared to freeze him out.

He was reportedly on Manchester United's radar for much of the summer, but no deal happened and he has enjoyed a second coming at Spurs this season.

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

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Defoe receives League Cup medal 10 years after final

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Jermain Defoe has been presented with a League Cup winners' medal more than 10 years after helping Tottenham lift the trophy.

England striker Defoe played for Spurs up until the semi-final stage of the competition in 2007-08, but was transferred to Portsmouth less than a month before the Wembley final.

The 36-year-old, who scored in the fifth round success at Manchester City that season, cheered his former club on to a 2-1 extra-time victory over Chelsea.

"I remember contributing to help the boys get to that stage and after that it was actually nice to sit back and watch the lads go on to lift the trophy," Defoe told the English Football League's website.

"It's obviously a nice feeling to have been a part of the history of that club, such a big club that had been used to winning competitions over the previous years. It's special."

Defoe, now with Bournemouth, was presented with the medal at the Vitality Stadium by the EFL's head of youth development David Wetherall.

"At the end of the day, they're all your friends and you still want them to win, to get your medal," he added.

"It was a great performance against a top Chelsea team, so to win it in the way they did was brilliant."

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Spurs boss Pochettino 'not allowed' to answer questions on Man United speculation

Pochettino did not sign a single new player for Spurs in the summer transfer window. Credit: PA

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was stopped from answering questions on speculation linking him to the Manchester United job.

Pochettino is United's first choice to replace the sacked Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, but addressed the situation on Tuesday when he insisted he was focused on his job at Spurs.

The story has not gone away, though, and at his press conference on Thursday to preview Sunday's Premier League game at Everton, questions on the subject were repeatedly shut down by the club's press officer, who insisted the matter had already been discussed.

Cameras were then asked to be switched off as the reporter posing the questions stood his ground, with a debate that lasted just under two minutes.

With United saying they will appoint a permanent manager in the summer, it could be a long six months for the club as Pochettino's future is likely to continue to be the main topic of conversation.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been selected as United's caretaker manager until the end of the season and he will be unveiled on Friday, but that probably will not shift the agenda too much.

It is little surprise that the Argentinian is on United's wish list given the job he has done at Spurs.

As well as progressing in the Champions League and being in the top three of the Premier League, they advanced to the Carabao Cup semi-finals with a 2-0 win at north London rivals Arsenal on Wednesday.

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