Mauricio Pochettino compares in-form Tottenham ace Mousa Dembele to Diego Maradona

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"And then he is a quality player and we hope he can show his real quality with us".

"I don't like to talk about injuries, only for caution". Yesterday he could not finish the training session.

"It was an incident in the same leg [as was previously injured] but a different area".

The 28-year-old's current deal expires in 2019, though Tottenham do have the option of extending that by a further 12 months.

"I am not involved in negotiation".

The Times have reported that a stand-off has formed between the player and his employers as they look to commit him to the club for the foreseeable future.

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Pochettino remained tight-lipped on the subject when asked about it at his press conference on Friday.

Asked to rate his chances of being fit to face Palace, he said: "Look I told you, we are going to assess him tomorrow and until tomorrow we can not decide anything, if it's possible to be, first of all to be training and second to be available to play". I never talk about rumours, what the media say or what happens around the club.

Spurs travel to Selhurst Park to begin a busy period of four games within 10 days, following an intense spell of fixtures that included wins over Manchester United and Arsenal and draws away to Liverpool and Juventus in the Champions League.

Pochettino believes Mousa Dembele to be "a genius of football" like Diego Maradona and Ronaldinho. "For him it was always hard to be fit - he's always fighting for his fitness - but now he's in an incredible moment and he deserves all the praise people are giving him".

"We need to assess him".

Pochettino said Lucas Moura, who played 70 minutes against Rochdale last weekend on his full Spurs debut, would also need to be assessed, but the manager has no other fitness concerns. "Nearly all the players are fit to compete and available to be selected".

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