By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Mauricio Pochettino has identified six Tottenham players who could have joined a rival club for more money this summer.
The Spurs manager claimed he is “lucky” to have a squad who play for the love of the game rather than financial reward.
Reflecting on a transfer window in which the London giants signed five new players, including headline signing Moussa Sissoko, Pochettino claimed three of them could have earned more elsewhere.
The Argentine also gave some insight into contract negotiations with three key regulars, by claiming Hugo Lloris, Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen, who signed a new contract this week, had all received more lucrative offers from other clubs.
Pochettino was speaking at his weekly media briefing ahead of Spurs’ Premier League trip to Stoke on Saturday afternoon.
“Maybe we need to ask people outside Tottenham, but we feel inside that in the last (transfer window) Tottenham is a very special team for players who want to enjoy football,” Pochettino said, as quoted by the Chronicle live blog on Friday (12.25pm).
“I can tell you that the players we have are not motivated only for money. That is very important. They feel they want to play for Tottenham.
“I feel the squad we have today, because it was the case with Sissoko, Vincent Janssen, Victor Wanyama, Harry Kane, Lloris and Eriksen, maybe they have a very good offer from another club and they decided to stay here or maybe come here for less money.”
Sissoko signed for Tottenham on deadline day after they beat Everton to his signature, amid reports the France international will earn £75,000-a-week at White Hart Lane.
“We watch a lot of games of the kids, eight, nine, 10 years old – when you play then you don’t play for money, you play because you love football, you love the game and that is an important thing to keep,” Pochettino said to the Chronicle. “And we are lucky to have a squad who all play for that reason.”
In other Tottenham news, Daniel Levy has revealed the club will smash a Champions League record next week.