Pochettino reveals one Spurs player he is keen to keep at WHL

Andros Townsend

The England international is very much in the plans of Tottenham's new manager ahead of the season opener at Upton Park.

There have been plenty of rumours swirling in recent days about which Spurs players are available for transfer, as well as which individuals the club are interested in brining in.

One of the names that has been heavily linked with an exit is Spurs academy product Andros Townsend, who despite turning out for England over the last year was rumoured to be surplus to requirements at White Hart Lane.

With Tottenham said to be considering a move for QPR's Loic Remy, several media sources proposed that the 23-year-old could be used as part of a deal for the Frenchman. Townsend starred for QPR in 2012-13 on loan from Spurs, making 12 appearances and scoring twice for the London side. Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, who took Townsend to Loftus Road for that loan spell and has taken the Hoops back up to the Premier League, is known to be a big fan of the winger.

But Mauricio Pochettino, who was himself linked with a move for Townsend when he was manager of Southampton, has stated that he believes the Londoner is an integral part of his squad and will be retained.

"Townsend is another player, he is in the squad," the Spurs boss said in a press conference ahead of the club's opening Premier League game with West Ham. "He is an important player, he is a player for the English national team.

"He missed the World Cup with injury. We need to recover a player like him because he has great potential and very good quality."

The England international has returned from the injury that ruled him out of going to Brazil, and has put in some strong performances in preseason as he works back to full fitness. 

Given his manager's words of encouragement, there is now every chance Townsend will go on to have a successful season at White Hart Lane, especially considering the good work the Argentinian did with young English players at the Saints.

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