It's So Difficult - Mauricio Pochettino On Tottenham's Transfer Prospects

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"It's hard to understand for people that Tottenham didn't sign or sell a player, but sometimes in football you need to behave differently and we're happy with our squad", he said.

Speaking about any possible incomings, the Tottenham manager said in a press conference: "I think it's so hard now". But I am happy to keep all the squad together. But on £20,000-per-week he is now among the lowest paid first-team players at the club and Villa will offer a deal which better reflects his importance to the team.

"What the club is doing is showing it is so fearless", he offered.

"You need to respect all the opinions but of course we are a club that our decision was not to sign, (even though) it is the fashion to sign or because we are the only club in Europe that has not signed players".

"If we can not improve our squad it's better to keep it together". Now we have players who compete at a high level in the World Cup, we have the captain who lifted the trophy. "I have no doubt we are going to be competitive, with or without signings".

The Aston Villa midfielder's future has been the subject of plenty of speculation this summer, with Tottenham believed to be one of several teams trying to sign him from his boyhood club.

Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Mousa Dembele could still leave in the next few weeks, but Pochettino has been able to keep hold of the likes of Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Kieran Trippier.

He said: "These players were never away from our thoughts".

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.

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