Paul Merson states his prediction for Leicester v Tottenham

Silva is ready to open negotiations with Watford Tim Ireland  PA

Silva is ready to open negotiations with Watford Tim Ireland PA

Antonio Conte (Chelsea) and Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham), Paul Clement (Swansea City), Sean Dyche (Burnley), Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) and Tony Pulis (West Bromwich Albion) have been nominated for the Premier League Manager of the Year award.

However, speaking to reporters ahead of Thursday's Premier League clash with Leicester City (via BBC Sport), the Argentine refuted those suggestions, and also allayed fears of a rumoured release clause fee in his Tottenham contract, after he was questioned over whether he would leave the Lilywhites. Leicester have a go, and Spurs will go for it too.

The England global has had another sensational season in the Premier League, scoring 17 goals and weighing in with five assists for Spurs as they put in another spirited title challenge.

Spurs have lost more Premier League games against Manchester United than against any other opponent (32) - indeed, in their top-flight history Spurs have lost 77 games against the Red Devils, eight more than they have against anyone else.

"I've still got a lot to improve on", he said.

"It is about being more competitive next season". It's a short-term investment to think you can pull in £50m, £60m or £70m for Kane and Alli but the reality is you never replace them. "That is why they won in the end". "At the start of the season I was missing some sitters, but I've been working hard with the staff on the training field to make sure I start putting those chances away". "Maybe we change the formation".

Tottenham have enjoyed a stellar campaign, mounting a serious title challenge for the second consecutive season, going through their league fixtures unbeaten at home and reaching the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

The Argentinian has also revealed that Mousa Dembele has been struggling with a long-term foot injury and has been playing through the pain to stay available. "He is great, one of the best strikers in the world and now we try to keep going and he tries to finish in the best way and then we look forward to next season".

The Tottenham manager said in a press conference: "After Sunday he needs to see the specialist".

Pochettino has received continuous praise throughout the season for the way Spurs have played this season, as well as particular recognition for the development of several England internationals.

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