Tottenham's Pochettino Demands Respect From Rival Managers

Taking a swipe specifically at Conte by saying "I like to show respect (to rival clubs) but I expect the same from people who compete with us", Pochettino did admit that he raised a smile when seeing what the Italian had said, telling the press that he was puzzled as to why they had been made in the first place. "It is our own pressure and ambition".

He did say Tottenham would eventually be active, and said the club's fans should not be concerned about their lack of activity. "Our moment will arrive. This looks like a pre-season where we finally have everyone together, or nearly everyone, and can work on things the manager wants and I think we've seen lots of improvements already".

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino considers Eric Dier's links to Manchester United to be a "good signal". We have a plan.

"We are calm but we have a very clear idea of who we want and what we need to do to achieve our target", he added. "We want to do better than second".

Pochettino has now reinforced that message with his response to questions over Dier's possible move to Old Trafford. "It doesn't mean because so far we haven't invested money or signed players that our ambitions is to the same as clubs that have signed a lot of players and spent a lot of money".

He said: "Today Dier is our player".

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The Italian further went on to reveal his admiration for Spurs striker Harry Kane, saying the England worldwide is one of the best strikers in the world, and that he would cost at least £100 million.

Real Madrid and Manchester City are both keen on the 18-year-old.

"When you play teams like PSG and Roma, teams that invest a lot to build a team and for us playing with young players like Tash (Tashan Oakley-Boothe) and Anthony (Georgiou), that's great news".

The mooted fee would shatter the record £89m Manchester United paid Juventus for midfielder Paul Pogba 12 months ago.

Lloris said: "I spent some time with him during the worldwide break".

"If we compare the last two seasons with other teams, we were the best".

  • Regina Holmes