Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham will not compete with richer clubs over huge wages


Mauricio Pochettino has defended Tottenham's postseason trips to Asia, insisting that his players are happy to take part in the commercial exercises which are a necessary evil for all big clubs.

"We have unbelievable facilities but if some club is paying double the salary, then how can you convince them?" I mean we ended up second this year and therefore we have Champions League football and that's what most of the players want to be in.

The 21-year-old has been a revelation at White Hart Lane since signing from MK Dons in 2015 and has won back-to-back PFA Young Player of the Year awards for his Premier League performances.

"We did really well to get [the gap] down, at one point I think Chelsea were 14 points away from us, and we took it down to four points".

"But the good thing is that we are very focused in trying to develop different things, to try to be in the same level as them without investing the same money as them".

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As for this season, he admitted Sunday's victory over Manchester United in the final game at White Hart Lane remained his stand-out moment.

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Nevertheless, the London Evening Standard says: "Reports in Italy suggest the Spurs boss is on Inter Milan's list of possible coaches for next season, though the Serie A club accept it will be hard to hire Pochettino, who signed a five-year deal last May".

"There are many, many rumours, but I am committed with the club", said Pochettino, who has a contract with Spurs until 2021.

"I think we are helping because we are going to Hong Kong, to have a nice time and train".

"No, no buy-out clause in my contract". I will stay here, don't worry.

Lamela, who has not played since October 25, is expected back for the start of next season and the club say the latest procedure will not affect his recovery time. "But we have three games more and I just want to score more goals, make more assists and get more points". To try to play in the best condition and try to win. It's not changed too much because if we had beaten Chelsea, we'd be playing in the FA Cup final.

Speaking to the club's official website, the Spurs chief revealed what to expect in their penultimate game: "It's true we can not change our position in the table but it's important to finish well and to show that we want to win".