After Tottenham ended the season with a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace, a result that saw the North Londoners sneak into the Europa League, Jose Mourinho has insisted that the club will not be letting any of their important players leave.
Spurs ended the season unbeaten in their final six matches, winning four of them, including the North London Derby.
In fact, the Lilywhites only lost one game since the restart, with the 3-1 defeat against Sheffield United proving very much a blip in hindsight.
The defeat against Blades and Mourinho’s subsequent reaction seemed to have sparked a resurgence from the Tottenham side, although they needed Chelsea to beat Wolves to secure a top-six place this season.
When asked how different Tottenham’s starting eleven will look at the start of next season, Mourinho indicated that he did not know how soon Spurs would get their transfer business done.
However, the Portuguese coach did insist that players who were important to the structure, will stay.
The Spurs boss told Football.London: “I don’t know (how different the starting eleven will look next season), honestly in this moment I don’t know.
“The market is very strange and it’s long, I don’t know if we manage to start in pre-season working with any new players or it’s something that is going to go through the whole period.
“I don’t know. I don’t know in this moment. What I do know is that we are going to keep the structure of this team because we have absolutely no interest in seeing one of our fundamental players leave.”
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Given that Levy likes pushing deals to the last moment in order to get the best possible price even under normal circumstances, there is no reason to expect that things will be different this summer, given the uncertainty surrounding the transfer market. Based on Jose’s words, it sounds like it could well be another frustrating summer, with negotiations moving painfully slowly. Hopefully, that does not affect us going into the start of next season as the pre-season is going to be a short one.
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