Manchester United star Paul Pogba returning to Juventus is apparently shaping as impossible.

Pogba, 27, has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford, with Juventus and Real Madrid reportedly interested in landing the midfielder.

But it seems the Serie A giants will find such a deal impossible.

 

TOP STORY – POGBA RETURNING TO JUVENTUS IS IMPOSSIBLE

Pogba leaving Manchester United to return to Juventus is looking impossible, according to Sport and Corriere dello Sport.

Sport says the Bianconeri cannot afford the €100million (£89m) United would want for the France international.

Pogba left Juve to join United for £89m (€105m) in 2016.

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- James Rodriguez is pushing for a stay in the Spanish capital. Mundo Deportivo reports the Real Madrid playmaker is determined to sign for Atletico Madrid.

- Real Madrid may be looking for a back-up in his position, but Casemiro is seemingly going nowhere. Marca claims the midfielder recently extended his contract until 2023.

- Odion Ighalo is set for a return to China. The Mirror reports the striker is expecting to go back to Shanghai Shenhua from his loan spell at Manchester United after just eight appearances for the Premier League club, with the Chinese Super League side demanding he returns. Goal says United will focus on RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner and Lyon's Moussa Dembele with Ighalo leaving.

- Forget trying to land Ansu Fati this close season. According to Sport, Barcelona will keep the 17-year-old, who is reportedly wanted by Borussia Dortmund and Premier League clubs.

- Newcastle United are looking at signing Liverpool midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri if they are taken over, according to the Daily Mail.

- It seems Adam Lallana is set to leave Liverpool when his contract expires at the end of the season. The Mirror reports Burnley have joined the fight for the midfielder, who is also said to be a target for Leicester City, Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham.

Mauricio Pochettino has a "good offer" on the table from Newcastle United and the move is "a firm possibility", according to Ossie Ardiles. 

Pochettino has been out of management since he was sacked by Tottenham in November, just five months after leading the London club to the Champions League final. 

The former Argentina international has repeatedly been linked with Real Madrid and Manchester United in recent seasons, yet Zinedine Zidane and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appear secure in their respective roles. 

An appointment at Newcastle has instead been suggested in recent weeks ahead of potential new ownership, with the Tyneside club reportedly close to a £300million takeover led by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund. 

Newcastle head coach Steve Bruce has insisted he would like the opportunity to play a part in the new era, yet Pochettino has spoken of the possibility of staying in England and managing a club outside of the established 'top six' in the Premier League. 

Indeed, Ardiles - a former Tottenham player and Newcastle manager - suggests his friend and compatriot is now considering an offer after his period of gardening leave came to an end. 

"Mauricio is fine in England," Ardiles told the Mirror. "He is linked with Newcastle United. 

"And when he spoke directly to that club, there were many first-rate people involved who made him a good offer.

"Mauricio had a [contractual] relationship with Tottenham, but last Tuesday his situation was unlocked and he is free to coach.

"In this way, he will hear offers again, but Newcastle is a firm possibility to work again. He will take his time to think and wait a little for all this to happen."

Former Magpies boss Rafael Benitez and ex-Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri have also been suggested as ambitious appointments at St James' Park.

Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said he is open to returning to the Premier League and managing a team outside of the top six amid links to Newcastle United.

Pochettino was sacked by Tottenham in November following a difficult start to the 2019-20 campaign, despite leading Spurs to last season's Champions League final.

The 48-year-old – previously linked to Manchester United and Real Madrid – has emerged as a target for Newcastle and their prospective Saudi-backed owners.

"I love England," Pochettino told Sky Sports News. "My idea is to keep living in London but at the same time, I am open to different countries, to listen and see what happens.

"I am ready and we are a much better coaching staff now. We have learnt a lot from our experiences at Espanyol, Southampton and Tottenham. We have a lot to provide to the people that will trust in us in the future."

Pochettino added: "I need to behave in the way that I did on my first day as a coach. There are two things that are most important - one is the people, the fans that are behind every club. That is the structure that keeps alive all the companies that provide the entertainment that is football. The other is the ideas of the clubs.

"Every single club and company have different cultures, different philosophies, different ways of working. They all have different plans for success.

"To be successful at one club you need to win the Champions League or Premier League, but for others it is to finish in the top four or six. For Tottenham, it was to build a new stadium and at the same time create a team to compete and cut the gap to the top four.

"Every single club has different aims and you as a coaching staff need to stick to these ideas. In the end, when we are waiting for a new offer, and we are capable of providing what a club expects from us, we are going to be very happy."

"The problem is which clubs are top six?" he replies. "The top six always changes. Tottenham is not in the top six, Arsenal is not in the top six.

"You need to respect all the clubs. All the clubs are working so hard and investing money. Every season clubs have ambition to be top six or top four. I don't think you can underestimate any club."

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Pochettino said: "We are going to live a completely different era in football that we need to discover. How are these clubs or companies, because that's what they are, going to be after this virus hopefully disappears? It's a big question mark.

"That's why it's so difficult to know what project is going to be the right project. We are a coaching staff that are very receptive to listen to all the projects, all the people. We can learn from every single conversation and maybe we can see a motivation to go with them."

Mauricio Pochettino is happy Jose Mourinho replaced him as Tottenham boss.

Tottenham sacked Pochettino in November, with the team that reached the Champions League final in the 2018-19 season sitting 14th in the Premier League.

Mourinho was drafted in as his replacement but has struggled for consistency despite lifting Spurs to eighth, overseeing elimination from the FA Cup and Champions League before the coronavirus pandemic brought the campaign to a halt.

Asked if he felt any resentment towards Mourinho, Pochettino said: "No. Look, with Jose, we know each other for a long time."

During his time in charge of Espanyol, Pochettino was linked to the Real Madrid post held by Mourinho.

Ahead of a meeting between their sides, the Argentine responded to questions about the reports by saying: "My kids are sleeping in Espanyol pyjamas every night so it's very difficult for me to think about changing clubs."

It proved to be the start of a warm relationship, with Mourinho showing his gratitude by presenting Pochettino with a gift ahead of the match.

Pochettino said: "It was a very nice bottle of French red wine for me and two Real Madrid kits, Jose says: 'Okay, these are for your kids to wear from now on.'

"We have kept a good relationship since then and I am so happy he is at Tottenham, replacing me.

"I am happy as well to have left the club in the condition that we left it and for sure he is very grateful for the way that we helped to build the club, which is now his club."

Pochettino added: "I always think I'd replace him. He was at Real Madrid. I say: 'Oh, maybe one day I can take your place at Real Madrid.' But look at how life works out. He has taken my place at Tottenham. Unbelievable, eh?"

Failing to guide Tottenham to Champions League glory still rankles with the 48-year-old, who felt they were the superior side despite losing 2-0 to Liverpool in Madrid.

"We were much better than Liverpool and maybe we deserved a better result but finals are about winning," Pochettino said.

"It's not about to deserve or not to deserve. No one is prepared to concede in the Champions League final like we did after 30 seconds and that changed everything, all the emotions.

"It is difficult to prepare a team for that happening. I was so disappointed afterwards. It was difficult to stop crying, to stop feeling bad."

Pochettino soon became aware that it would be tough to build towards further success with Spurs thereafter.

"I knew that after five years at the club and with the way we were working and all the things that happened, it was going to be difficult," Pochettino said.

"It changed a little bit in our minds the possibility to stay open to design another plan or a strategy to build again, a different chapter. A different project should be difficult for us to maintain, to keep improving."

However, he harbours no ill will towards Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy for relieving him off his duties after a tough start to 2019-20.

Asked whether he wished the Champions League final had been his last game with Spurs, he replied: "No, because my commitment with the club, with Daniel and, of course, with the players and the fans was massive.

"I said to Daniel that we finished in the way that no one wanted but the end … it needed to happen. If not, our relationship will continue for ever! And maybe that's no good for the club or for us.

"When the decision came, we needed to move on. The decision for us to be hired was fantastic and when the decision is not good for you, you need to show the respect. Always, Daniel is going to be my friend. All the people at the club will be."

Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly set to rival Real Madrid for Erling Haaland, while Barcelona continue to consider their moves.

Haaland has starred this season and moved to Borussia Dortmund in January, but the forward is already being strongly linked with a move away.

While the Norway international is apparently a key target for Madrid, it seems PSG also like the forward, who scored against them in the last 16 of this season's Champions League.

 

TOP STORY – PSG EYE REAL MADRID TARGET HAALAND

PSG could threaten Madrid's pursuit of Haaland, according to the cover of Marca.

The Ligue 1 giants are looking at the 19-year-old with Kylian Mbappe's contract expiring in 2022 and the futures of Edinson Cavani and Mauro Icardi uncertain.

Haaland has scored 13 goals in 12 games for Dortmund this season, with two of those strikes coming in BVB's 2-1 win over PSG at Signal Iduna Park in the first leg of the Champions League's last 16.

PSG went through in the return leg, with the team – led by Neymar – mocking Haaland's meditation celebration at full-time.

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- At Barcelona, there is uncertainty over how the club can land Inter star Lautaro Martinez as well as Juventus pair Miralem Pjanic and Mattia De Sciglio. Sport says Barca have seven players they are prepared to sell to get deals done for the trio – Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal, Samuel Umtiti, Junior Firpo, Carles Alena, Rafinha and Nelson Semedo. It also reports Inter are hoping to sign Vidal, but not as part of a deal for Martinez.

- Staying at Camp Nou, and Mundo Deportivo reports Barca considered signing Tottenham star Harry Kane before turning their attentions to Martinez.

- Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz continues to attract plenty of interest. The Sun claims Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea have joined Bayern Munich in the battle for the attacker, while Le 10 Sport says Madrid are also keen on the Germany international.

- Madrid could be busy during the close season. AS understands they are following Lille defender Gabriel as an alternative to RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano.

- With his contract expiring at the end of the campaign, Layvin Kurzawa looks likely to leave PSG. Sport reports Atletico Madrid have joined the list of teams who want the left-back.

- Moussa Diaby has scored four goals and provided five assists for Leverkusen in the Bundesliga this season. Le 10 Sport believes Arsenal and Dortmund have asked about the 20-year-old winger.

Danny Rose has claimed Premier League footballers are being treated like "lab rats" for the sake of providing entertainment during the coronavirus pandemic.

England international Rose made his analogy in an interview with the Lockdown Tactics podcast, hosted by former Scotland striker Kris Boyd and West Ham midfielder Robert Snodgrass.

"I'm dying to get back to football," Rose said. "I know people are obviously going through this coronavirus pandemic a lot worse than me, so I don't want to be here complaining about anything.

"But just off the fact people are suggesting we should go back to football, it's basically like we're guinea pigs or lab rats, that we're going to go back to this phase and see if it works or not.

"I can just imagine people at home saying they [footballers] earn this amount of money so they should be going back.

"So for stuff like that where I just think 'this is not worth the hassle', I could be potentially risking my health for people's entertainment, and that's just not something I want to be involved in, if I'm honest with you."

On Tuesday, it was revealed that six people, spread across three Premier League clubs had tested positive for coronavirus and would go into self-isolation.

Rose has read up on the 'Project Restart' plans, amid attempts to get English football up and running in June.

The 29-year-old left-back is spending the second half of the season at Newcastle United, on loan from Tottenham.

He revealed Magpies boss Steve Bruce had called him after he used crude terms when stressing the nation's morale was not his priority, amid the talks of rushing football back to lift spirits.

"I didn't think too much to it and then I was having my breakfast the next day and saw Steve Bruce coming up on my phone," Rose said.

"I spoke to him and he said I need to word things a bit better if I'm going to do things like that.

"He explained the measures they're going to, to try and make everything safe, but obviously I've seen the headlines and I do - we do, as footballers and people in the public eye - we have a platform and maybe I could have worded what I said a little bit better.

"But I do feel exactly how you're feeling, that six weeks ago [health secretary] Matt Hancock was saying footballers need to halve their wages and now six weeks later we're needed to try to entertain people.

"People need to make their minds up: it's one or the other."

Coronavirus tests carried out on Premier League players and staff returned six positive results across three clubs, it has been confirmed.

The Premier League announced the results after 748 tests were administered across Sunday and Monday.

Those who were positive have been ordered to self-isolate for a week.

A statement read: "The Premier League can today confirm that, on Sunday May 17 and Monday May 18, 748 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19.

"Of these, six have tested positive from three clubs.

"Players or club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate for a period of seven days. 

"The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and oversight.

"No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the Premier League due to legal and operational requirements."

The Premier League, like most major sporting competitions across the globe, has been on hiatus since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A decision to suspend the competition was taken after Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi were both found to have contracted COVID-19.

The Bundesliga became the first major European league to resume action at the weekend, while Premier League clubs have voted to return to training in small groups without contact work from Tuesday, despite reports over conflicts of interest among the 20 teams on aspects to do with 'Project Restart'. 

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said on Monday there was flexibility on the June 12 target for fixtures to be played. 

Tottenham need to significantly improve their performances when the Premier League returns from its coronavirus stoppage, says Davinson Sanchez.

Spurs were on a six-game winless streak when the majority of football across the globe was suspended in March due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

That run included Champions League elimination at the hands of RB Leipzig in the last 16 and an FA Cup fifth-round penalty shoot-out defeat to Norwich City.

Spurs have lacked consistency since Jose Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino in November and sit eighth in the Premier League, seven points off the top four with nine games remaining.

According to Colombia international Sanchez, the squad are aware they must kick on when the Premier League returns, which could happen behind closed doors from June 1.

"I think everyone knows as a team we expect to do better," Sanchez told Sky Sports News.

"The Premier League is always hard but we need to improve, that's why we put so much work in every day, we'll see what's going to happen but looking back we can't play like we were doing before.

"We have to do better if we are going to finish in the position that we want."

The season's hiatus has enabled Harry Kane to recover from a hamstring injury that required surgery in January.

Sanchez was impressed by what he saw from Kane during individual training sessions on Friday and claimed the England captain plans to challenge for the Premier League Golden Boot, despite his haul of 11 goals being eight fewer than leading scorer Jamie Vardy.

"Harry has been doing everything to return, even before the lockdown he was working hard, everyone knows that," Sanchez said.

"For us, of course, he's key a player we need there all the time. I think about my position, if I have him in front, it's like 'Okay, watch out it's Harry there.' He's fighting for the Golden Boot.

"I was training with him yesterday and he's doing very well."

Although Spurs have only won 11 of their 26 matches in all competitions since Mourinho took over, Sanchez considers the atmosphere to be positive.

Asked about working under Mourinho, he said: "It's special. Everyone wants to learn from him and improve, even the more experienced players like Hugo [Lloris], who is a World Cup winner.

"We know the gaffer is a very good person, always there asking about your family and everything. We, as a team, are very, very excited to keep improving under him."

Tottenham star Harry Kane feels fit and "ready to go from the first game" whenever the Premier League is granted approval to return.

Kane has not played since January 1, when he suffered a serious hamstring injury – rupturing a tendon in his left leg – during Tottenham's 1-0 defeat at Southampton.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the resumption date of England’s top flight, which has been suspended since March, is dependent on the outcome of 'Project Restart' discussions.

But once the Premier League is back, Kane is confident he will be good to go immediately.

"Whenever the season does continue, whether it's next month, or two months, three months, I should be ready to go from the first game," Kane said to Sky Sports.

"I'm pretty much as good as I can be - I was at a good stage before the lockdown, doing everything except from training with the team.

"Since the lockdown's happened, I've continued doing sessions online with the team.

"I've done a bit of specific work where I do my own stuff for the hamstring and things like that, but pretty much doing everything else the boys are doing.

"Then obviously the last week or so we've been able to go in and do one-on-one training with a coach on the pitch. It's been nice to get out and start touching a ball again."

England international Kane, who has 11 goals in 20 league matches this season, feels he may not have been fully fit for Euro 2020 had the event not been postponed until 2021, so has used the extra recovery time productively.

"I wouldn't have had as many games as I would have liked or as much training as I would have liked to really get to my highest level," he added to BBC Radio 5 Live.

"I'm trying to take the positives. This period has given me a chance to recover a bit more.

"In the last week it's a case of getting that feeling back and doing a lot of individual training and finishing."

Spurs are down in eighth place in the Premier League, seven points behind rivals Chelsea in fourth.

Harry Kane has teamed up with Leyton Orient in a deal that will see the England captain sponsor the club's shirts for the 2020-21 season and provide the space to worthwhile causes.

The striker may be a superstar at Tottenham now but he made his senior debut while on loan at Orient back in 2011, scoring five goals in 18 appearances during his stint at Brisbane Road.

Raised not far from their ground, Kane wanted to show his support for the League Two club during the uncertain times caused by the coronavirus pandemic, leading to a unique sponsorship agreement.

However, it will not be his name appearing on the front of the kit.

The home shirt will carry a thank you message to the frontline heroes for their work during the health crisis, while Haven House Children's Hospice will be displayed on the away kit. As for the third strip, that will feature the logo for Mind, the mental health charity.

As well as the additional coverage, 10 per cent of proceeds from each shirt sale will be passed to that charity.

"I was born and brought up only at a couple of miles from the stadium and I am really happy to have the opportunity to give back to the club that gave me my first professional start," Kane said.

"This also gives me a platform to be able to say a big thank you to the many frontline heroes and charities out there who provide care and support during these challenging times."

The Premier League, Football League and Football Association have approved the sponsorship, with Orient chief executive Danny Macklin full of praise for Kane.

"Thank you, Harry, for your amazing support and generosity – you are a true role model for the modern game," Macklin said.

Dele Alli expressed his gratitude for the messages of support he has received after being assaulted by burglars on Wednesday.

The Tottenham star was struck in the face and reportedly held at knifepoint during the incident, which took place at his home in Barnet, where Alli, his brother, their two partners and a friend are staying.

Items of jewellery were among the items stolen by two intruders, who then fled the scene.

In a post on Twitter, Alli wrote: "Thank you for all the messages. Horrible experience but we're all okay now. Appreciate the support."

Earlier a Met Police statement said: "Police were called at approximately 00:35hrs on Wednesday, 13 May to reports of a robbery at a residential address in Barnet.

"Two males gained entry to the property and stole items of jewellery, including watches, before fleeing.

"Two male occupants at the property suffered minor facial injuries after being assaulted. They did not require hospital treatment."

Tottenham must match Harry Kane's ambitions or else the striker will understandably want to move elsewhere to achieve success, according to Les Ferdinand.

Captain Kane has yet to win a trophy with Spurs despite his scoring feats, losing to Chelsea in the 2015 EFL Cup final before missing out to Liverpool in last year's Champions League showpiece in Madrid.

This season has seen further upheaval at the club, long-time boss Mauricio Pochettino departing as Jose Mourinho arrived to take charge. However, the Portuguese has been unable to engineer a significant upturn in fortunes so far during his tenure.

Already knocked out of Europe's top-tier competition by RB Leipzig, Tottenham were well off the pace in the fight for a top-four finish in the Premier League when the campaign was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Kane, who has been linked with domestic rivals Manchester United as well as Real Madrid, admitted last month that he will not stay at Tottenham "for the sake of it", raising doubts over his long-term future.

Ex-Spurs striker Ferdinand fears his old employers may struggle to keep hold of their prized asset if they do not get in a position to regular challenge for honours.

"As a fan, I don't want Harry to go anywhere. I want him to stay at Tottenham and end his career at Tottenham, but we have to be realistic," Ferdinand told Stats Perform.

"Players now earn the sort of money that life shouldn't be a problem for them when they finish playing. So they get to a stage where they achieve that goal and they say, 'Right, okay'.

"But then there's a situation where when you finish your career, the biggest thing for me now is looking back at my career and saying yes, I did okay, but what have I got to show for it? Where are the medals? And that's what you want.

"Every single player is the same. If Tottenham can match Harry's ambitions to want him to win most things, then he'll stay at Tottenham for as long as they can match those ambitions.

"If he feels like they can't, and they won't, then that's the time I think Harry will say, 'Look, I want to go and win things'. I don't think people would deny him that opportunity.

"Let's hope that Tottenham can get to a stage where they're in a position to do that, because like I said, no one wants to see him leave but I certainly would understand the situation."

Barcelona and Juventus are getting close to an incredible exchange deal.

Miralem Pjanic has continued to be linked with a move to Camp Nou, although there has been uncertainty over how, and if, Barcelona could get a transfer done.

It seems they are on the verge of sealing a deal for the midfielder.

 

TOP STORY – BARCELONA, JUVENTUS CLOSE TO AGREEING EXCHANGE DEAL

Barcelona and Juventus are close to agreeing an exchange deal involving four players, according to Sport.

It says Pjanic and Mattia De Sciglio will join Barca, with Jean-Clair Todibo – who is on loan at Schalke this season – and Arturo Vidal or Ivan Rakitic heading to Turin.

Barcelona have also been linked with moves for Inter star Lautaro Martinez and Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar.

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- Kingsley Coman is wanted by three of Europe's biggest clubs. Sky reports Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester City are interested in the Bayern Munich attacker.

- Linked with a move away from Tottenham, Tanguy Ndombele may be going nowhere. The Mirror says Spurs will not allow the midfielder, reportedly a target for Barcelona, to leave this close season.

- Another Spurs player, however, could leave. Tottenham defender Juan Foyth, who is contracted at the club until 2022, is being eyed by Barca, according to the Mirror.

- It seems Angel Gomes is leaving Manchester United. The Mirror claims Chelsea feel they are close to landing the midfielder, whose deal at Old Trafford expires at the end of June.

- Real Betis and Portugal midfielder William Carvalho is drawing plenty of attention. Diario de Sevilla reports Wolves are the latest club to join the race for Carvalho, who has been linked to Tottenham, Monaco, Leicester City and Watford previously.

Danny Rose has launched a furious tirade against plans to bring back Premier League football, insisting it should be far from a priority.

The United Kingdom's government confirmed on Monday that professional sport cannot resume until at least June 1 even behind closed doors as it laid out its "roadmap" to recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Premier League clubs held further talks with league officials on Monday to try to end the deadlock over plans to resume the season, with teams opposed to the idea of staging games at neutral venues.

Richard Masters, the Premier League's chief executive, said they are "working flat out to create a responsible, safe, and deliverable model to complete the season", with June 12 said to be the prospective date to resume matches.

The government is said to be keen on seeing football return as a means of boosting the morale of the UK, which has been in lockdown since March.

But Rose, who is on loan at Newcastle United from Tottenham, says it would be ludicrous to bring back the game until there has been a significant reduction in COVID-19 cases.

"The government is saying we are bringing football back because it is going to boost the nation's morale," he said in an Instagram live session.

"I don't give a f*** about the nation's morale. People's lives are at risk. Football shouldn't even be spoken about coming back until the numbers have dropped massively.

"It's b******s. We'll see. I'm supposed to tested on Friday, so we will just have to wait and see.

"I didn't even listen to the announcement [on Sunday] - no football until June 1 or something. I don't even pay attention to any of that. I'm sad people are getting sick and being affected but football should be the last of things that needs to get sorted."

According to The Times, the Premier League will now ask the government to reconsider the directive that matches should be held at neutral venues.

The Bundesliga is the only one of Europe's top-five leagues to be close to a return, with matches due to be held from May 16.

Jose Mourinho will bring silverware to Tottenham and justify the club's decision to dismiss Mauricio Pochettino, according to Gustavo Poyet.

The Portuguese took the helm at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last November after Spurs sprung a surprise by ending Pochettino's five-year reign.

While Pochettino transformed the club into top-four regulars and reached the 2019 Champions League final, he failed to win a trophy.

Poyet, who finished his playing career with the London club, conceded it was a debatable call to get rid of Pochettino but is confident Mourinho – one of the most decorated managers in history – will bring success.

"It's difficult to say if it was right or wrong [to sack Pochettino] because you don't know what the board was thinking," he told Stats Perform.

"From outside, it looks like, okay, they were through a spectacular five years with Pochettino, who did incredible things and the way he made that team play football and the way he was able to keep the momentum and get into a Champions League final in an incredible year, with incredible games. 

"But they decided to change that and go more for a manager [Mourinho] who looks to win things, which is what the Tottenham fans were looking for. 

"Now, if it was right or wrong, time will tell. What I say in the time he did the job is, if you give him three years at the club, I will be surprised if he doesn't win a trophy. I will be very surprised. 

"Maybe he's unlucky and next year we don't have the League Cup and there will be one trophy less to play for, but he knows how to get players to play for important games. 

"Cup competitions, on the day, it's totally different. I was lucky in certain times to win trophies, but always in cup competitions.

"I was part of teams, like Chelsea, where we were very good on the day. 'It's today, or nothing tomorrow'. And that day, I was lucky to participate in teams that were able to win those games."

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