'Difficult to understand' - Senior Tottenham figure makes bold claim over sale of Spurs stars
By Russell Edge
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that the positive atmosphere around the club will make it difficult for players to want to leave as the January transfer window comes closer.
The club have seen many of their star players linked with moves away in the near future, with the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli both reported targets for Spanish giants Real Madrid in recent months.
Both have established themselves as key players for both club and country, but there have been reports that some of the club’s top talent are unhappy with their current earnings, with Alli said to be demanding £160,000-a-week in contract discussions.
However, Pochettino says that the positive feeling surrounding the players following their rise up the table and in Europe, coupled with their desire to establish themselves as regular contenders for silverware, will make leaving a truly difficult proposition.
He told Spanish publication Marca: “In soccer there are things that are difficult to understand.
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“The feeling that has been generated in this club, that of belonging, makes it more complicated for footballers to want to get out of here.
“Hopefully they can stay here and we can be a long time incorporating the important ones and incorporating players that can help us.
“The objective is to put Tottenham in a state in which the Premier League and the Champions League can be won.”
Tottenham currently sit third in the English top flight table, although already find themselves eight points off league leaders Manchester City and three away from Manchester United after a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford on Saturday.
However heir European form has improved, having been knocked out of the Europa League by Gent last season, and are currently joint top of their Champions League group table alongside title holders Real Madrid ahead of their showdown at Wembley on Wednesday.
In other Tottenham news, Pochettino has said that the club need to “change everything” if they are to win titles.