Alan Sugar: Two reasons why Tottenham will hang onto their stars
By Matt Bullin
Lord Alan Sugar has claimed Tottenham should be able to hang onto their players as they can offer Champions League football and challenge for the Premier League title.
He went on to say that if money was a concern, it would be up to Pochettino to step in and convince them to stay.
Sugar of course owned the north London club between 1991 and 2001, and remains a firm fan.
Tottenham look set to finish second in the Premier League after a successful season which also saw them reach the FA Cup semi-final.
In their most recent match however, Spurs were beaten 1-0 by West Ham at the London Stadium.
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Manuel Lanzini scored the only goal of the game, and the result ended Spurs’ title chances, as Chelsea beat West Brom the following week to become champions.
There has been speculation around a number of Mauricio Pochettino’s players’ futures in recent weeks, but Sugar believes they have no reason to leave the club.
Speaking on BBC 5 Live’s Sportsweek, as quoted by ESPN, Sugar said: “We have Champions League football and that’s what most of the players want to be in.
“The only other reason that they might want to leave our club is that they’re only being paid X amount and someone has offered them 2X.
“The manager is the one who needs to step in and convince the player that he’s better off staying where he is now rather than going somewhere else. We’re a good club now. We have the potential to win the league.
“I don’t see any excuse for any of our players leaving. We’re a good club now. We have the potential to win the league.”
Spurs face Manchester United in their final match at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon, knowing that Chelsea have already wrapped the title up.
It will be their final match at the ground that has been the club’s home for 118 years.