Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Tottenham boss Pochettino happy to keep Alderweireld

Tottenham boss Pochettino happy to keep Alderweireld

Tottenham Hotspur have made some unwanted summer transfer window history after they became the first Premier League side to not make any signings in a summer transfer window since it first became a thing in 2003.

The Argentine boss said at the end of last season that Spurs were in a situation where they needed to "be fearless and take risks".

Nonetheless, Pochettino insists he is happy with the situation.

Speaking about any possible incomings, the Tottenham manager said in a press conference: "I think it's so hard now".

"I don't want to be sarcastic and ironic".

"The club is doing an unbelievable effort to try to finish the stadium as soon as possible, and the lodge finished at the training ground".

"Building a new training ground, finishing this summer the lodge was a massive investment", he said. [So is] building a stadium that is almost £1 billion - that is true, don't believe £400 million. To keep our best players was our objective and goal and we have achieved that - at the moment.

He added: "Of course maybe in the mind of everyone they will say, "Oh Tottenham didn't sign", but to sign for the sake of signing?" It is better to keep [what you have]. "It's a fearless decision". Then with Brexit it's worse because the cost is 30 per cent more. "It was hard for everyone, for us included". They need to give their best.

"We need to adapt ourselves and try to be competitive".

"I am not anxious, I am not sad, I am so happy".

Interesting to see exactly who does, and doesn't, make the Spurs starting 11 on Saturday.

"Until you finish the game you can't say it's the end. That is the key this season". - England striker Harry Kane, Denmark playmaker Christian Eriksen, South Korea forward Son Heung-min and England defender Kieran Trippier have all signed new contracts since May. Indeed, Rose is talking to European clubs including Schalke about a loan move.

Some Tottenham fans reacted to the news that Grealish was set to be handed a bumper pay rise by Villa's new owners, with the majority criticising Levy and remaining frustrated as the club failed to make one summer signing.

"It is human nature that you always look after yourself", he said.

Rafa Benitez having an arguably even more chaotic preparation this summer, though rather than the World Cup, it is Mike Ashley that has been his overwhelming problem.

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

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