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'We need to move now'

Pochettino frustrated by delay in Spurs' move to new stadium


Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino

Christian Eriksen

Christian Eriksen


Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is not even contemplating the thought of delaying the move into the club's new stadium until next season.

Spurs were supposed to be in their new 62,000-seater home by the start of this term and then put it back until September, but a series of further delays mean it will be 2019 until they check in.

They will play their remaining home games this year at Wembley and as a contingency have booked the national stadium for the rest of the season.

Moving in the middle of a relentless campaign, where Spurs are challenging on a number of different fronts, could have the potential to cause disruption.

But despite having the option to play the entire season at Wembley and then have a grand opening next summer, Pochettino wants to get there as soon as possible.

Spurs had hoped to be in their new ground in time for tomorrow's Premier League clash with unbeaten London rivals Chelsea, however at this stage the club still do not know when their new home will be ready, though are expected to provide an update next month when test events might be announced.

Pochettino is hopeful of being back at the White Hart Lane site in early 2019 and has no intention of staying at Wembley if they do not have to.

"(Staying at Wembley) is plan B!" Pochettino said. "It is not in our mind. No I am not worried that it (damages form) and when the stadium is ready we are going to move.

"Only if the chairman changes the idea. But my idea is to move as soon as possible.

"If we can move tomorrow then tomorrow. But I know that it is difficult tomorrow.

"I think we will know better in January or the end of the year in December.

"I hope if it is not January then it is February. I think it is so close.

"Yesterday I was there and it is so close. The bowl is ready and there are a few things that need to be sorted and I hope that the people who need to sign the permission will be nice and [sign] as soon as possible." Meanwhile, Pochettino says the club is working hard to get Christian Eriksen to commit his future to the club.

Eriksen, who has been linked with moves to Barcelona and Real Madrid, still has 18 months to run on his current deal, but Spurs are keen to make him their latest star to sign a new bumper deal.

Pochettino himself, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Heung-Min Son, Davinson Sanchez and Harry Winks have all signed new contracts in the last few months as Tottenham's incredible knack of keeping their key players continues.

The Denmark international certainly fits into that category and Pochettino would like to see a deal done.

"He knows, we know what we are doing and we are working hard," he said. "The club is working, trying to take the best decision, Christian is going to take the best decision. I am not worried. In football I am never worried, but I prefer he is going to sign the new contract and stay a long time at Tottenham. That would be fantastic."

Eriksen, 23, arrived from Ajax in 2013 for just £11million and that has proved a snip as he has been one of the top creative forces in the Premier League.

Asked whether - at that price - he has to be considered one of the best Premier League buys Pochettino responded: "I don't know. It's difficult to judge in this way. Five years ago, £11m means £100m today, with Brexit and all that effect on the political situation in Europe. I don't know.

"Eriksen and Tottenham, and Tottenham and Eriksen was a very good mix. Good for Tottenham, good for Christian Eriksen. That's why I hope Christian continues to develop his career his with Tottenham."