Spurs boss says Harry Kane finds his praise 'boring'


But the time is clearly coming where Spurs will be forced to break their strict wage structure or risk their star players asking to leave. Established internationals like Roberto Soldado, Paulinho and Moussa Sissoko have tended to flop at Spurs.

"I don't think it's a matter to joke about because some of the global players today, maybe one or two years ago, none of us knew them very well".

"That is not a joke". I don't know exactly when but I will get back up north and play some football somewhere.

Building his team around England stars Harry Kane and Dele Alli and, with Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Son Heung-Min all influential in their own right, Pochettino has assembled a group capable of beating any side in the country on their day.

"I don't think it's a matter to joke about because with some of the worldwide players today, maybe one or two years ago, none of us knew them very well", Pochettino said.

"If you remember four years ago, the people say who is Mauricio Pochettino?". He hopes the club do enter the transfer market themselves but steer clear of signing players "you have to Google and say, 'Who's that?'" and target "well-known players". That situation killed me but it's OK, look now.

What question marks there are are rooted in a rather shocking number of injuries Spurs are dealing with as they begin the season.

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Rose, despite being injured and having missed the last half of the season, has been linked with a move to Manchester United and the Premier League champions Chelsea. No, no, no. I'm exhausted.

"It is true maybe our circumstances are maybe a bit different to other clubs but you need to wait and be sure you get that right, get the right player to help you".

'For me it's not a big issue, it is time to move on.

"I am relaxed because when you see the team and the players they are so focused. I definitely feel we need to bolster the squad".

Supporters of the North London club have already been left frustrated this summer by the inactivity of their club during this summer's transfer window, and whilst fans appear to be keen on new arrivals they well may be just as happy with retaining most of their current stars. Five days after they ended the Premier League campaign with a 7-1 victory against Hull, Mauricio Pochettino and his players travelled to Hong Kong for an exhibition match against Kitchee. "I have no doubt about the team".

When asked about Levy's comments, Pochettino said: "My knowledge of business is very low, and of course I respect his opinion".