Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits he is unable to offer any guarantees that England midfielder Dele Alli will be at the club next season as his title-chasing side prepare to face in-form Crystal Palace on Wednesday.
Barcelona legend Xavi claimed this week that his former manager Pep Guardiola is looking to lure Alli, who was crowned Professional Footballers’ Association young player of the year on Sunday, to Manchester City this summer.
Pochettino admits he is unsure what the future holds for Alli or the likes of full-back Kyle Walker and utility man Eric Dier, who have been linked with moves to Bayern Munich and Manchester United respectively.
“I cannot guarantee anything in life,” said Pochettino. “The most important thing is to enjoy the present. We have to enjoy the present and not think about the future.
“In the future we take the best decision for the club to achieve, to improve next season again, that’s most important. We care a lot about the club and now we must focus on the present to try to help the team and club to be there if [leaders] Chelsea drop points.
“In the next three to four weeks we must give our best, big efforts for all of us, for the players to try to focus, don’t think about holidays, rumours, what will happen next season.”
Pochettino also played down suggestions that he has held talks with Walker over his future after opting to leave the full-back out of his starting XI for Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea.
“I never speak about rumours,” added the Argentinian. “It’s important to be honest with the club and try to give our best. After the last game we can spend the next 24 hours speaking about the future.
“Now, the club and the fans deserve to focus and try to catch Chelsea. If not, then finish second, third or fourth.”