The Argentine might not have any new signings to celebrate ahead of the transfer deadline, but he is simply content to have retained his squad
Tottenham might not have made a signing this summer, but manager Mauricio Pochettino has praised the “massive effort” that the club have made to retain the existing squad, most notably Harry Kane.
The north Londoners might not have any new arrivals to grace their team this season, but the Argentine is content to work with the squad that helped them to finish third last term.
He is particularly pleased with the work they have done to extend the contract of World Cup Golden Boot winner Kane, who had been linked to Manchester United and Real Madrid.
“I am happy to keep all the squad together, there were many rumours during the summer about players out,” Pochettino, who has also seen the likes of Christian Eriksen touted for a big move, explained.
“The club made a massive effort to try and extend the contract of Harry Kane, just one example. The club is trying to finish the [new] stadium as soon as possible.
“It is difficult to understand for people in football that Tottenham didn’t sign or didn’t sell players but sometimes in football you need to behave differently.
“We are happy with our squad and we cannot improve our squad. It is better to keep our squad all together. We believe a lot in our players.”
With time running out in the transfer window, he does not forecast any late arrivals, while he would not be drawn into comment of Jack Grealish, the Aston Villa midfielder who has been closely associated with the club in recent days.
“It is so difficult now, only four hours to the end [of the transfer window],” he said. “Until the game finishes you can’t say it is the end of the game but in four hours it will be difficult to sign players.
“I don’t like to talk about the players who are with other teams.
“There are many rumours during the transfer window. There is no point talking about players at another club.
“I am happy with the squad, happy with the players. We work to improve the squad, but when it is not possible, it is not possible and we move on.
“I believe in the way that we work and I have no doubt we will be competitive, with or without signings.”
Spurs’ Premier League campaign begins with a trip to Newcastle on Saturday.
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