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The major concern Jose Mourinho has with the current Tottenham squad

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Jose Mourinho is reportedly eager to sort out Tottenham’s problems in defence, with Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen’s contracts expiring at the end of the season.

Spurs announced that Mauricio Pochettino had been relieved of his duties on Tuesday evening and Mourinho was announced as the Argentine’s successor the following morning.

Pochettino leaves the club sitting 14th in the Premier League, just six points off the relegation zone, and Mourinho’s first task will be to rejuvenate a dressing room which has looked bereft of confidence in a dismal start to the campaign.

According to The Telegraph, the Portuguese’s top priority will be to ensure that Tottenham have sufficient cover at the back.

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First-choice central defenders Alderweireld and Vertonghen head into the final six months of their deals and Danny Rose – who has been a long way from his best for some time – has flirted with the idea of leaving several times.

Mourinho will hope to convince the Belgian duo to renew, but could be forced to dip into the transfer market as early as January if they cannot be persuaded.

The report claims that Benfica centre-back Ruben Dias is firmly on Mourinho’s radar and Nathan Ake is another player eyed as a potential solution.

Christian Eriksen’s future also hangs in the balance, with the Danish playmaker set to become a free agent next summer.

Mourinho has already held discussions with a number of Spurs’ senior players and has informed Harry Kane that he wants at least another season from him in north London.

He regards Kane as one of the finest centre-forwards in world football and will be desperate to keep hold of England’s captain as Tottenham prepare to fend off advances from around Europe.

It’s understood club chairman Daniel Levy will only listen to offers of at least £250million for Kane in the coming months.

Mourinho is also a known admirer of attacking duo Dele Alli and Heung-min Son.

Levy is convinced Mourinho has experience to steer the club out of the hole they find themselves in after a dismal start to the campaign.

‘In Jose we have one of the most successful managers in football,’ he said.

‘He has a wealth of experience, can inspire teams and is a great tactician. He has won honours at every club he has coached.

‘We believe he will bring energy and belief to the dressing room.’

Mourinho added: ‘I am excited to be joining a club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters.

‘The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me.

‘Working with these players is what has attracted me.’

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