Mauricio Pochettino won't sell Tottenham Hotspur stars

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Tottenham Hotspur duo Andros Townsend and Roberto Soldado are not departing the club, according to new manager Mauricio Pochettino.

England winger Townsend has been linked with a move to Southampton, possibly in part-exchange for Pochettino target Morgan Schneiderlin. Soldado was linked to a move back to Spain earlier in the summer, but has recently been mentioned with a move to AC Milan after the Italians' attempts to sign Chelsea forward Fernando Torres stalled.

'In my plans'

However, both players look set to stay at White Hart Lane after Pochettino confirmed both players are in his plans.

"Soldado is here. I never talk about any player rumours. He is in my plans. For the future? Yes. Yes. We've only had two games in the Premier League and one in the Europa League," he told reporters.

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The Spanish international has struggled since his £26million transfer from Valencia last season and despite scoring with a well taken volley last Thursday, goals in the Premier League have been harder to come by. However, while Spurs might consider a transfer offer for their number nine, Milan's reported loan bid will be swiftly refused.

Townsend seems to have slipped behind both the rejuvenated Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli in the pecking order, but his Argentine manager is not yet ready to sell him.

Squad depth

"He is in my plans," Pochettino added on Townsend. "It is impossible you play or have in the squad only 11 players - you need 24 or 25 players.

"I think we have to play a lot of games and it is possible you play tomorrow, then don't play in the next Premier League game, but the most important thing is understanding that we need to choose for the games."It is only 11 in each game after that another three impact players come in.

"We have an unbelievable squad and my job is not only to put my philosophy in the club or on the pitch on how we need to play, but I need choice and that is my job."

Exits are still expected though, with Sandro linked with a move to Napoli.

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