By Harry Sykes

Jose Mourinho has insisted to France Football that Tottenham have become too “powerful” for Manchester United to buy their players.

The Old Trafford manager explained that transfer market conditions are completely different for him than legendary ex-United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

Mourinho explained that the vast riches swimming around as a result of Premier League TV windfalls means the likes of Spurs are better able to fend off interest in their players.

The Portugese, who is planning for his second summer transfer window as United manager, has claimed many of the best players already in the Premier League are out of bounds.

Ferguson was able to sign Michael Carrick for £17million in 2006 and Dimitar Berbatov from Tottenham for £31million in 2008 and even Robin van Persie from Arsenal in the summer of 2012 for £24million.

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But Mourinho insists the financial might of the big clubs in England means a repeat of those kind of big-money raids on rival Premier League clubs are unlikely.

“Here, everyone is powerful now,” Mourinho told France Football magazine. “The scenery has changed. If I want to buy a player from Tottenham, I can’t.

“Nor can I buy a player from Manchester City or Arsenal.

“That was not the case before. At Chelsea, I brought in Shaun Wright-Phillips, who was the best player at Manchester City or Ashley Cole from Arsenal. Sir Alex, when he wanted the best player from Tottenham, he bought Michael Carrick and then Berbatov.”

Spurs are flying high under Mauricio Pochettino following nearly two decades in the shadows of bitter rivals Arsenal.

They are second in the Premier League, recently built a state-of-the-art training complex in Enfield and are constructing a 61,000-capacity, £800million stadium alongside White Hart Lane.

Tottenham have also been busy in the negotiating room this season, tying virtually their entire first-team squad down to long-term contracts

In other Tottenham news, a forward has signed after Spurs agreed terms on an out-of-window deal.

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