Tottenham trio Rose, Alderweireld and Dembele told to buckle down

  • Tottenham trio Rose, Alderweireld and Dembele told to buckle down

Tottenham trio Rose, Alderweireld and Dembele told to buckle down

Pochettino added: "I am happy to keep all the squad together, there were many rumours during the summer about players out". 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.

Pochettino added: "What the club is doing is showing it is so courageous".

If we are happy with our squad and can not improve our squad, sometimes it's better to keep our squad together. "I am sure we are going to be better, no doubt about that".

Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham have shown bravery by declining to sign any players this summer and focusing instead on retaining their top stars at a time when the club is investing heavily in their infrastructure.

Deals for players like Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembélé are yet to materialise however and Pochettino said he expected the players who remained at the club following the close of the window to knuckle down.

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

The likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen, Kieran Trippier and Hugo Lloris only started their pre-season training over the past two weeks but Pochettino is hopeful they will be able to play some part against Newcastle on Saturday.

Spurs failed to sign Jack Grealish on Deadline Day as Aston Villa stood firm on their refusal to sell at any price. Then with Brexit it's worse because the cost is 30 per cent more. I am so proud of them because they were very focused on trying to arrive in a very good condition. "Some people make a drama in football and drama for me is another thing", Pochettino added.