Tottenham latest, Pochettino urges side to be brave against Arsenal, takeover bidder pulls out

A selection of the latest stories involving Tottenham Hotspur this Thursday evening

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has urged his side to be brave in Saturday's North London derby with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

A win for Spurs will mean they'll leapfrog their fierce rivals in the Premier League table and Pochettino appears to urge his side to take the game to their opponents. 

He's quoted in the Daily Mirror: "I like this type of game, but we need to be clear in our mind about the way we want to perform from start to finish.

"We need to be brave because we know how much it means to our supporters, and we need to show all that we have inside – we need to show our skill and we need to be brave.”

American consortium Cain Hoy has withdrawn its interest in taking over Tottenham, after admitting their interest in the club not so long ago.

A statement reported by Sky Sports, said: “Cain Hoy has subsequently terminated its assessment and accordingly is no longer considering making an offer for Tottenham Hotspur.

"As a consequence of this announcement, Cain Hoy will, except with the consent of the Takeover Panel, be bound by the restrictions on making an offer for Tottenham Hotspur contained in Rule 2.8 of the UK Takeover Code for six months from the date of this announcement."

Defender Jan Vertonghen has said he will not be signing a new contract at the club, but has said he is happy at White Hart Lane.

The Belgian currently has four years left on his current deal, and was linked with a move away in the summer. 

He is quoted in the London Evening Standard, saying: "I would prefer not to say why. I still have four years left. I am happy at the club and I think they are happy with me. That’s where it ends. I am very happy, we have a good manager, we have a good team and a lot of good players. The squad is very big and you have to work hard to play every game, and I hope I am playing again soon."

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