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Alderweireld will not play for Spurs against Juventus next Wednesday

Alderweireld will not play for Spurs against Juventus next Wednesday

Spurs will no doubt be concerned by Barca's interest as Alderweireld will be tempted by the prospect of playing for the La Liga giants while United know their hopes of signing the defender have also taken a hit.

The Premier League is sending out a fixture questionnaire this week to the clubs who will play in next season's competition.

If the young Colombian, come the end of the season, was seen as requiring more game time elsewhere to gain experience, that's when the Tottenham star would be considered.

"They are one of the standout sides in the Premier League", said Hill.

"He wasn't ready, but now we need to see".

If given the green light by the Football Association, FA Cup fifth-round matches will be shifted to midweek and replays scrapped, allowing 10 top-flight teams to play on one weekend and the other 10 the following week. "We need to win tomorrow against Rochdale in such an important game".

So the arduous road back just got longer and more hard for the Belgian, who must be wondering when lady luck will return to his side.

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"We are here to develop, to help the club achieve and win titles". We're helping him try to improve and I think he's going to improve and it's only about now this process.

"But I'm not anxious about this situation as he's a clever player and he knows what he needs to it".

"He's an unbelievable player with wonderful personality and character and of course he is always in the focus, as was [Wayne] Rooney".

"But I'm happy with him". Rochdale last played at the national stadium in 2008, when they lost the League Two playoff final to Stockport.

Asked whether Alli's reputation for simulation could result in referees denying him legitimate penalties, Pochettino said: "No, no".

"Referees should be neutral in their decision-making but it looks to me as though they are second-guessing what Dele Alli is doing. They are professional and I trust them 200 per cent".