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LONDON — Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has said it would be “embarrassing” to talk about his own future ahead of the Champions League final against Liverpool on Saturday.

Pochettino has been linked with Italian champions Juventus following the departure of Massimiliano Allegri, and has indicated previously that the backing of chairman Daniel Levy in the transfer market would determine whether he has a future at Spurs.

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But ahead of the Madrid final, Pochettino stressed his future means nothing in comparison to the biggest week in the club’s history.

“Today, no one is more important that the game ahead,” Pochettino said at a news conference on Monday. “We can make history, we can provide our fans and our people the best happiness in football that you can provide and I think today to talk about individual things would be embarrassing and a shame.

“I am not important. I am not more important than the Champions League and the possibility to win a trophy.

“Of course rumour is rumour and of course you are going to ask me about me, but today the focus is 200 percent on the final. After the final we will have time to talk but today my commitment is about Tottenham.”

Meanwhile, Pochettino said Harry Kane‘s progression remains positive but added no further details on his recovery from a serious ankle injury.

Kane returned to full training on Friday and remains in line to play some part against Liverpool.