Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has refuted claims that the Spurs have begun talks with Dele Alli over a new contract with the north London club – but admitted that as soon as they do, the media will be notified.

Alli is England’s hottest player at the moment, and top European outfits have spent much of the last year vying for the England international’s signature. However, his Argentine boss seems calm about the subject – insisting that Spurs are yet to start discussions with him over a new deal:

“Rumours” Pochettino bluntly told Sky Sports before chuckling to himself, having been asked about a potential new contract for the 21-year-old.

“Like always, I tell you once something happens or some decision happens the club will communicate but that is a rumour.”

Reports over the last week have been making rounds that the forward is attracting the attention of European super agents in the form of Jorge Mendes and Mino Raiola, but Pochettino, when asked if he had offered Alli any advice, he had little to say on the matter:

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“He didn’t ask about that and its his business.

“Of course, every single player can ask me and knock on my door and I am open to give my advice but he didn’t ask me and I can’t say any more.”

The Wembely outfits are currently preparing for their Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup encounter with Barnsley. Tottenham were frustrated on Saturday evening as their Wembely woes continued – being held to a goalless draw against Swansea City.

However, against Championship side Barnsley, Pochettino’s side will be more than hopeful over their chances of moving to the next round.