Tottenham boss admits he’s powerless to keep hold of star players

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has insisted he will try his very best to keep hold of top stars like Hugo Lloris but admits he cannot guarantee that they will still be at the club next season.

Lloris has four more years left on a five-year contract at White Hart Lane and while he is beleieved to be settled at the club, he has made no secret of his desire to play Champions League football.

European giants Real Madrid, Manchester United and Paris St Germain are all reportedly interested in the French shot-stopper but if they are to make a move they will likely be required to smash the world-record fee paid for a goalkeeper, which currently stands at £32.6million paid by Juventus to Parma for Gianluigi Buffon in 2001.

Speaking to the London Evening Standard, Pochettino said: “In football it is difficult. Even if you sign a contract, you never have the guarantee.

“I have a contract, a lot of managers have contracts, but there is never a guarantee. In football, you never know. But it is true that personally, if I want some players to stay here, I will fight a lot to keep them.”

Spurs play Manchester City at the Lane on Sunday hoping to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the Europa League.

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