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.
And the Spurs boss has described Xavi as someone he regards as an “enemy” from their days as opponents in La Liga.
Barcelona great Xavi praised Alli as “one of the best in Europe” and said his friend and former manager Guardiola would like to bring him to the Etihad this summer. But Pochettino believes Xavi only made such comments because he “hates” the Argentinian due to the fact he managed and played for Barcelona’s city rivals Espanyol.
“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,” said Pochettino of Xavi ahead of his side’s trip to Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.
“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].”