Danny Mills has questioned Mauricio Pochettino’s motives behind the “strong” comments over his position at Tottenham.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England defender suggested that the Argentine boss was covering his own back when he said that the club needed to change his job title from the manager of the football club.

The Spurs boss went on to suggest that chairman Daniel Levy was in charge of the club’s transfer dealings and that he himself had little to do with recruitment.

Mills was left scratching his head over what Pochettino meant, suggesting that he was setting himself up to be protected from criticism should things not turn out as planned over the coming season.

Mills told Football Insider: “It just seems very odd that it’s come out now when we’ve got a week to go in the transfer window. He’s known this for quite some time. Why make a big, bold statement which effectively rocks the boat now?

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“Is this to push a couple of deals over the line or is this a sort of excuse to say: ‘I wanted these players. You don’t give me what I want when I do everything possible.’ He’s come out with a very strong statement which, let’s be honest, only confirms what we all believed.

“To come out and say that against your club, your employer, is that a little bit to pave the way if things don’t go to plan – these were not my targets, this is not where I wanted to be? Is it part of a get-out clause in case things don’t go well and he needs to get away?”

Tottenham made their first signings in over a year with the capture of Tanguy Ndombele and Jack Clarke earlier this summer, the pair the only new arrivals at the north London outfit so far.

The Lilywhites have also kept hold of some players expected to leave at the start of summer, with Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld both still at the club with a week to go in the transfer window.

In other Spurs news, it can be REVEALED that the club are close to signing a record-breaking attacker.