Mauricio Pochettino Dismissses Xavi’s Claim That Manchester City Could Sign Dele Alli

Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham have no intention of selling Dele Alli to Manchester City despite Xavi’s claims Pep Guardiola is interested in the player.

“He’s in a period when he loves to talk, he’s in Doha [playing for Al Sadd] and listen, he was Barcelona player, he’s my enemy,” the manager said.

“He tried to destroy our focus to win because he hates me because he’s Barcelona – player, fans, you know. I know him [Xavi] very well, I played against him a lot and when I was a manager [at Espanyol].”

Pochettino told a story from the playing careers of both men to illustrate his distrust of Xavi, when he won a penalty which Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored to give Barcelona a 1-0 win over his Espanyol side in a match in December 2009.

“Yesterday there was Thierry [Henry] here and we remembered the game that he [Xavi] cheated the referee,” said Pochettino.

“He fell down, it wasn’t a penalty, but Ibrahimovic scored for Barcelona and they won the game.

“The marking man was Raul Baena, Xavi fell down and said ‘penalty’, they gave a penalty.

“After, in the video, it was very funny because no one touched him and everyone in the media was saying no, no trust me – it was a penalty. Come on. It goes from lie to lie to lie.

“He is working for Manchester City, maybe? He wants to help Guardiola and [Vincent] Kompany.”

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