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TOTTENHAM are preparing for a return to action at Aston Villa after the Premier League's first ever winter break.

But Jose Mourinho's side do not yet know whether Dele Alli will be available as the FA investigate an inflammatory social media post.

Meanwhile, there could be transfer moves for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano and Philippe Coutinho, who is currently on loan at Bayern Munich from Barcelona.

Follow all the latest gossip and updates from North London below…

  • CITY BAN IS EURO SPUR FOR JOSE

    Manchester City's two-year ban from European football has boosted Tottenham's chances of a Champions League spot next term.

    Assuming City finish in the top four, the Prem's fifth-placed side will now qualify.

    Spurs are currently sixth, two points below Sheffield United but with a game in hand.

  • POCH TO PUSH FOR RETURN

    Ex-Spurs chief Mauricio Pochettino, for so long and so often linked with bossing Manchester United, admits he would “love” to boss again in England.

    PSG manager Thomas Tuchel and Argentinian Poch are the latest favourites to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, should the Norwegian depart Old Trafford.

    And Pochettino told Sky Sports: “To be honest, I would love to work in the Premier League.

    “It's going to be difficult, I know, and for now it's a moment to wait and we'll see what happens.

    “It's a moment of recovery, to think about yourself a little bit, and to be ready because in football always something can happen and you need to be ready.

    “I'm ready and waiting for a new challenge. I have the belief and confidence that the next challenge will be fantastic.”

  • MOURINHO HAILS VILLA

    Spurs chief Jose Mourinho believes Sunday's opponents Aston Villa have grown in confidence from reaching the Carabao Cup final.

    Tottenham sit sixth, four points off the Champions League spot, whereas Villa are just a point and a place above the drop zone.

    But Mourinho said:  “Always difficult Villa Park. Villa are a good team, fighting to stay in the division, self-esteem really high after reaching the Wembley final.

    “Very difficult match, we have to go with all the potential we have, forgetting that two days after we play Leipzig.”

  • JOSE BLASTS SCHEDULE

    Jose Mourinho has hit out at the Prem's poor treatment of its Champions League representatives as Tottenham face three key games in six days.

    Mourinho's men return to Premier League action at Aston Villa on Sunday before hosting RB Leipzig three nights later and visiting Chelsea next Saturday.

    Reuters report him as telling a press conference today: “If you ask me if it’s the perfect situation, I say no.

    “The perfect situation would be for us to play against Villa tonight or tomorrow early, have three or four days before Leipzig.

    “In fact Leipzig plays tomorrow afternoon so it’s not the perfect situation for us to play on Sunday,.

    “But since 2004 I’m in this country I know how it works and I know we have no protection at all before the Champions League matches.”

  • SPUR OF THE MOMENT

    Anthony Joshua is all set to return to action against Kubrat Pulev on June 20 at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Eddie Hearn has confirmed.

    Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: “Fury vs Joshua should take place in the capital. Unfortunately, there are also offers four four or five times more money what we can get here.

    “I'll get loads of stick for taking the fight out of this country but I don't make the decisions. But as a sportsman… you should do it in the UK.

    “Joshua's next fight will be in London. He could make more elsewhere but he wants London, it's where he'd love to fight.

    “June 20 will be the date for Pulev. It's the Joshua homecoming to London.”

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