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Pochettino discusses Spurs future after Juve link

Pochettino discusses Spurs future after Juve link


Manchester United will not let Romelu Lukaku leave on the cheap if Inter Milan firm up their interest with a formal bid, sources have told ESPN FC.

Antonio Conte is expected to replace Luciano Spalletti at the San Siro after the final round of Serie A games this weekend.

Conte is set to ask his new employers to sign Lukaku -- a target for the Italian when he was in charge at Chelsea -- with Inter favouring a season-long loan deal with an option to sign the Belgium international permanently in 12 months' time.

United, however, will demand a sizeable fee for Lukaku before allowing him to leave this summer.

They paid Everton an initial £75 million for the striker in 2017 but that fee has risen to closer to £90 million after a series of add-ons.

Lukaku would consider a move to Italy because of fears he will not be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first choice centre forward next season but the United boss is open to keeping the 26-year-old at Old Trafford.

United have struggled for goals over the past two seasons but Lukaku has still managed to score 42 in 96 games since arriving from Goodison Park.

United, meanwhile, have confirmed they have added another friendly to their summer schedule with a game against Kristiansund -- Solskjaer's hometown team -- in Oslo on July 30.

Solskjaer has ordered his players to return to preseason training at Carrington on July 1 and has warned his squad there will be "no excuses" after a disappointing end to last season which saw United slip out of the race for a place in the top four to eventually finish sixth.

"We're going to sit down and go through all the plans with the physical coaches and with the coaches and we'll be ready when July 1 comes," Solskjaer told MUTV.

"There are not going to be any excuses.

"You're determined to come back a better team and a better coach, to help the players improve and be even better.

"Yeah it's nice, winning, don't get me wrong. But when you get a season like we've had, I think everyone wants to show what we can do, because they're proud players and we're proud coaches."

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has said he sees his future at Spurs but wants to know chairman Daniel Levy's plans for the club's future progress.

Pochettino, in charge since 2014, has guided the North Londoners to their first Champions League final and secured four consecutive top-four finishes.

He was linked with Real Madrid before the return of Zinedine Zidane and is reportedly interesting Juventus after Massimiliano Allegri announced his departure.

Asked on Spanish radio station Cadena Cope whether he could coach Madrid one day, Pochettino said: "I have no further aims than to coach Tottenham. I don't allow myself to dream long term. Football puts you in the place you deserve.

"It doesn't depend on the result of the [Champions League] final. It's a five-year project where the aim is to put Tottenham at the highest level possible worldwide. We are playing the Champions League final one year after completing our stadium.

"The need is to know what comes next. It's important to know what the chairman and the owners of the club are thinking with respect to the future. It's crucial to know what our aim is.

"Our plan wasn't to win the Champions League, even though it sounds harsh -- our plan was to complete the new stadium."

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Looking ahead to the final, Pochettino said he believed Liverpool were favourites because of the money invested in Jurgen Klopp's team.

"They signed a goalkeeper [Alisson] and a defender [Virgil van Dijk] for €70m [each]," he said. "Liverpool's plan is to win the Premier League and the Champions League. Our plan was to have the best season in our history.

"It's the emotional side that will determine the final. We have met many times before, and I don't think there will be room for surprises, but it's the emotional side in which we both express our talent in the end."

Pochettino said he was "optimistic" that England striker Harry Kane would recover in time for the final after having suffered an ankle injury in April.

"Kane is important if he is 100 percent," he said. "He is progressing well and we hope he can help us, either playing from the start, coming off the bench or supporting us in the event that he doesn't make it.

"What Tottenham has proved is that we have arrived at a final with Kane injured. We overcame Man City and then Ajax. The important thing is the group."