Watford defender Younes Kaboul accuses Pochettino of disrespect, he's still waiting for an explanation

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Watford defender Younes Kaboul has slammed Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Watford defender Younes Kaboul has launched a stunning attack on Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino in an interview with the Daily Mail.

Spurs travel to Vicarage Road to take on Watford on Sunday, and the game will see a couple of Watford players take on their former club, as ex-Tottenham duo Heurelho Gomes and Etienne Capoue are both in line to play.

It could be three if defender Younes Kaboul starts for Walter Mazzarri's side, after the Frenchman had two spells at White Hart Lane.

Watford's Younes Kaboul in action with Arsenal's Santi CazorlaWatford's Younes Kaboul in action with Arsenal's Santi Cazorla

Kaboul, now 30, first joined Spurs from Auxerre in 2007, but played just 29 games before being sold to Portsmouth in the summer of 2008, joining up with Harry Redknapp.

Redknapp left Pompey to become Spurs boss in October 2008, and just after a year later, he re-signed Kaboul in a surprise deal, taking him back to North London for his second spell at Tottenham.

Kaboul became a regular for Spurs, and was even made captain by Mauricio Pochettino in 2014, but played just 15 games during the 2014-15 campaign before being sold on to Sunderland, and most recently joined Watford.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Now, after making over 200 appearances for Spurs across his two spells with the club, Kaboul has looked back on his time at White Hart Lane – and has launched a stunning attack on manager Pochettino.

Speaking to the Daily Mail ahead of Sunday's game, Kaboul claims that Pochettino disrespected him, as whilst he was 'very nice' to begin with, he eventually didn't even speak to Kaboul and wouldn't play him, despite being captain.

Kaboul revealed that Pochettino told him he had 'nothing to say' to him, and he's still waiting for an explanation on just why Pochettino stopped talking to him; something which will drive him to beat Spurs on Sunday.

“Ups and downs,” said Kaboul when asked to reflect on his time at Spurs. “The end was not OK. Because the manager disrespected me, 100 per cent. When Mauricio first came we had a very nice, human, man-to-man kind of respect. And then something happened and I don't know what it was. I got injured and then he didn't talk to me anymore. Then he was not putting me in the squad for no reason. One game, two games, three games, and that was strange for me because I am supposed to be his captain.”

“I'm not saying because I'm his captain I need to play, no, no, no. If I am not good enough to play I am not playing. But you have to respect players, to talk to them and explain why they're not playing. After a few games I went to see him, to ask what was happening. I needed to understand because clearly he wasn't talking to me. But he said: 'There's nothing, I've got nothing to say to you'. I asked him to put himself in my position. He was a captain at good clubs like Paris Saint-Germain where his manager was Luis Fernandez, a very good manager. I said: 'How would you feel if he dropped you with no reasons'. And he said: 'It was different'.”

“After that I shook his hand and we stopped talking to each other. That was the end. I'm still waiting to find out why. It's behind me now. I keep some very good memories and I have a lot of respect for Tottenham but I played against them last year with Sunderland and I'm going to play against them with Watford. I play to win. That's my mentality,” he added.

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