News ID: 219650
Published: 0205 GMT August 10, 2018

Pochettino blames Brexit, stadium costs for transfer failure

Pochettino blames Brexit, stadium costs for transfer failure

Mauricio Pochettino reckons Brexit and the cost of Tottenham’s new stadium were central to the club failing to sign any new players in the transfer window.

At the end of last season Pochettino urged Tottenham to be “brave” over the summer, dropping a strong hint that he wanted sizeable financial backing in the transfer market, The Independent reported.

Having failed in their attempts to sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa, Spurs became the first club in Premier League history not to make a single addition to their squad during the summer window.

With the pound hitting a nine-month low against the Euro, players at clubs abroad have become more expensive to Premier League clubs, with Spurs determined not to pay over the odds.

Pochettino, however, has persuaded Harry Kane, Davinson Sanchez, Son Heung-Min, Erik Lamela, Harry Winks to sign long-term contracts and is satisfied Spurs have shown sufficient ambition by doing so.

He explained, “What the club is doing is showing that it is so brave because building a new training ground, finishing the (player) lodge this summer is a massive investment. Building a stadium that costs nearly £1 billion – that’s is the truth, don’t believe when they say £400 million. Then with Brexit it’s worse because the cost is 30 percent more. That is a drama, I feel sorry for the English people.

“Then to keep the best players is to be brave. In the mind of everyone maybe they say ‘Tottenham didn’t sign (players)’, but it’s better the keep your best players.”

Pochettino is pleased that Spurs did not give into the temptation of making last-minute signings just for the sake of it.

“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,” he explained.

“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 brave decision.

“I don’t feel the panic. You need to be clever in how you settle your principles, your strategy and to try to win. Of course we are open to improving but if you can’t improve the most important is to keep your best team and players. Maybe (we have) different principles.

“It was a strange transfer market because I think until England was out (of the World Cup) no-one was moving. It was very relaxed and calm. Then also with Europe having more time until the first of September to do deals, it was all so quiet. I am not a specialist in that but I think some people can talk properly about that. It was difficult for everyone, for us included.”



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