Thursday 25 May 2017

Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham players would not take China's 'crazy' money

Tottenham's Harry Kane in action with West Bromwich Albion's Craig Dawson. Photo: Reuters / Paul Childs
Tottenham's Harry Kane in action with West Bromwich Albion's Craig Dawson. Photo: Reuters / Paul Childs

Matt Law

Mauricio Pochettino claims Chinese money has "broken" the transfer market, but is confident it will not turn the heads of any of his Tottenham Hotspur players.

Tottenham 4 West Brom 0

Tottenham chalked up their sixth successive Premier League victory to maintain pressure on leaders Chelsea, with Harry Kane netting a hat-trick.

Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen (left) and West Bromwich Albion's Matt Phillips. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen (left) and West Bromwich Albion's Matt Phillips. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

"It's crazy money - it looks like they broke the market. If it's true, it's unbelievable but we will see what happens."

Pochettino insisted he did not know of any Chinese offers for key players such as Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen, who also scored with a deflected strike on Saturday, but claimed Tottenham have developed a bond that would be tough to break with any amount of money.

"To be together and every player happy and part of our Tottenham family, I think we have a very good atmosphere around the club," he said.

"Our supporters are amazing and I think this is a very good mix between the club, the supporters, the players, the staff. I think it's amazing day by day how we feel, how we live on the training ground. That is important in the end to try to win big things, to fight."

Tottenham Hotspur's Ben Davies (left) and West Bromwich Albion's Claudio Yacob (right) battle for the ball. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Tottenham Hotspur's Ben Davies (left) and West Bromwich Albion's Claudio Yacob (right) battle for the ball. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Spurs are certainly fighting for big things again, even if Pochettino jokes that the only big change has been to his waistline.

When he was asked if he is different for last season's experience of missing out on the title, Pochettino replied: "No, I am the same, maybe a little bit fatter than last season!

"Last season was the first time for 99 per cent of the players fighting to win the Premier League and the important thing is that you are clever. We are showing that we are clever and we learn a lot, but it is true, like in life, every day you can improve and you can learn.

"We are showing after 21 games that we can compete and we are in a very good position. It is true that the gap with Chelsea is still big, but there are a lot of games ahead."

Tottenham Hotspur's Victor Wanyama (left) and West Bromwich Albion's Hal Robson-Kanu (right) battle for the ball. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Tottenham Hotspur's Victor Wanyama (left) and West Bromwich Albion's Hal Robson-Kanu (right) battle for the ball. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Tottenham are concerned about the fitness of Jan Vertonghen, who they fear suffered ankle ligament damage that could mean a long spell on the sidelines. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

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