Tottenham achieved objective, says manager Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham achieved objective, says manager Mauricio Pochettino

I think the club is doing an incredible effort to try to finish the stadium as soon as possible, and the lodge is finished at the training ground.

Luke Griffiths too was left speechless after being sure all summer of the transfer going through.

Mauricio Pochettino says the start of the season is a massive challenge for himself, as well as a number of other clubs.

Villa's new executive chairman Nassef Sawiris has made clear the 22-year-old is not for sale and has rebuffed an approach from Tottenham, the player's long-time suitors. "We hope he's still our player by Friday", Villa manager Steve Bruce told BBC West Midlands earlier this week. Then also with Europe having more time to do deals, it was all so quiet and relaxed.

"Of course it's hard to understand for people in football that Tottenham didn't sign or sell players, but sometimes in football you need to behave differently", he said.

He said: 'Being courageous is the most important thing. That maybe looks bad because of the perception and because of the history of football, but that is our decision - to keep the best players and to keep the squad. "It's a fearless decision".

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"I believe in the way that we work and I have no doubt we will be competitive, with or without signings". They need to give their best. The people at Tottenham who manage and decide and take the way to act is the board and is not the players'.

Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Mousa Dembele have all been linked with moves away from Tottenham this summer, and Pochettino has asked for their "commitment" for their new season, which begins against Newcastle United this weekend.

"I am the boss and if I expect you to do something then you need to provide it".

"We have a lot of players". That's what being professional means.

'It is not unreasonable to question if it was really the case that Spurs could find no one who would improve their squad, ' they said.

"We are always open to finding the solution when it is possible".