James Milner had kind words for Mauricio Pochettino ahead of Liverpool and Tottenham's clash this weekend.
Reports suggested the Italian giants had reached a pre-agreement for the full-back, but now looked to have pulled out, with Liverpool and Everton prominently linked to the Turk.
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The Frenchman put in two fine displays for France during the international break.
Liverpool ace stuck up for England teammate and Everton rival John Stones.
Southampton are reportedly preparing a summer bid for Celtic starlet Kieran Tierney.
Newcastle boss is worried there will be slim pickings.
The striker is currently fighting with Harry Kane, Daniel Sturridge and several other for an England role.
The two sides meet in the Championship on Saturday.