According to The Telegraph Mauricio Pochettino has insisted that money should be no problem for chairman Daniel Levy – whether or not we hold on to a place in the top four and qualify for the Champions League.
Pochettino has urged his players to “die” to get over the line in their final two games of the season, against Newcastle United on Wednesday night and Leicester City, with Chelsea now just two points behind them and third-placed Liverpool one point in front.
However Pochettino has dismissed the suggestion that Spurs are under greater financial pressure than their rivals to qualify for the Champions League, even though we are due to move into their £850million new stadium.
We have qualified for the Champions League for the last two seasons and, in Pochettino’s view, that should have ensured the club’s financial position, despite the fact that missing out is estimated to cost between £50m and £70m.
“I think Daniel is safe with the money,” :said Pochettino. “It is not a problem. The plan four years ago was not to play every season in the Champions League to be sure that the club is going to survive.
He added: “If you over-achieve, fantastic. You have more money to invest in the facilities like the new stadium, but I don’t think money is a problem.”
The article goes on to say that Levy may not agree with his manager’s assessment however the club plan to offer new contracts to Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen, Hugo Lloris, Heung-min Son, Christian Eriksen and Pochettino himself.
It adds that whether or not the club would meet the demands of our star players and Pochettino without the income from the Champions League is unclear, adding that it could also affect the budget for the summer transfer window, however Pochettino believes money should not be the main motivation of trying to qualify for Europe’s elite competition for a third successive season.
He added:”The second thing is money, but the first is that to qualify for the Champions League is a dream of everyone and for me it’s impossible to not give your best in the last two games to win,”
He went on to say;”It’s massive because the Champions League is, with the Premier League, the best competition in the world. It’s in our own hands and we need to die to try to achieve that.
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