Mauricio Pochettino has assured Tottenham’s supporters that the club have a plan for this summer’s transfer window and will be strengthening their squad.
Spurs are the only Premier League club who are yet to make a signing, but their manager is adamant it is only a matter of time before they spring into action.
Speaking in Nashville as the Lilywhites prepare to face Manchester City in their final match of their USA tour, Pochettino said: “I understand completely, our ambition now and all the people expect is that Tottenham will be again fighting for the Premier League.
“The most important thing for us is the opinion of the fans. I think, sure we will move in the market to try to improve the squad. We will arrive in our moment to move, sure. We have a plan. It’s so early and we’re calm because our squad is competitive.
“If we compare the last two seasons with other teams, we were the best. That is why we are calm. We have a very clear idea of what we want and what we need to do to try to achieve our target.
“I want to speak to our fans. Don’t be worried. Because today there are a lot of rumours and stuff about clubs spending big money, and it looks like Tottenham are not ambitious.
“That is not real. We will move in the market for sure and will be competitive like the last two seasons.”
The only major deal Tottenham have completed so far is the £50million sale of Kyle Walker to Man City – and the right-back is set to face his former club on Saturday, just two weeks after switching sides.
“I think it was so clear, I have nothing to keep away and I’m so honest,” said the Argentinian. “That was a situation where we talked a lot with Kyle.
“After nine years with the club, in his mind was to try to find a different challenge, and I think the most important reason is to have the facility to move back to the north.
“He and his family are from the north, and for him it was so important. It was a very open conversation about that.
“Always the club told him if the right offer came, and every single party are happy, it will happen. That was what happened, the situation. I’m happy for him because now he’s in the north.
“It’s sure for us he was a very good player over three years. I remember the first day, like Danny Rose, he was injured. After six months he had not played one game in the Premier League. Then the first season was difficult.
“But the second season he started to perform very well. We helped him a lot to develop his potential, and I think in the last season, or the last two seasons, he was one of the best full-backs in England.
“I’m happy for him, he’s happy, I think everyone is happy. We’re hoping tomorrow we will see him and say hello.”
While Spurs have cashed in on Walker, Pochettino – who batted away rumours of interest in Everton’s Ross Barkley – also gave short shrift to any suggestion that they might also accept a bid for Eric Dier, who is the source of interest from Manchester United.
“I think it’s a good thing for us that many clubs are talking about our players,” he said. “It means that we have good players in the squad.
“It’s different in the reality. Today there’s a lot of rumour in the media, a lot of stuff and things that happen. But it’s rumour, it’s nothing clear.
“I try to be honest always and today it’s so calm and Dier is our player. I think he’s an important player for us and it’s not the idea to sell him.”
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