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Pochettino: I'm not letting stars leave

Mauricio Pochettino has no intention of letting Roberto Soldado and Andros Townsend leave before the end of the transfer window, insisting both men have important roles to play at Tottenham.

Having swapped Southampton for north London in the summer, life at White Hart Lane could not have started much better for the former Argentina defender.

Premier League victories over London rivals West Ham and QPR bookended a comeback win in Cyprus against AEL Limassol in the Europa League play-offs.

Soldado netted a wonderful, first-half leveller in a first leg Tottenham went onto win 2-1, although speculation continues to mount about the Spain international's future ahead of the second leg. AC Milan have been strongly linked with the forward, who Pochettino has no intention of letting go despite a struggling since his £26million move from Valencia last year.

"Soldado is here," he said. "I never talk about any player rumours. He is in my plans."

Tottenham completed the signing of Argentinian defender Federico Fazio from Primera Division outfit Sevilla.

The north London club announced on their official website that the 27-year-old centre-half had signed a four-year deal at White Hart Lane,