Pochettino plays down his significance at Spurs

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Dom Le Roy

Mauricio Pochettino has insisted that he is not the reason why players are committing their future to Tottenham Hotspur.

The manager has modestly played down the suggestion after Dele Alli became the latest player to put pen to paper on an extended deal.

Dele highlighted Pochettino as the main factor in why he decided to sign a six-year extension.

The midfielder has followed in the footsteps of Harry Kane, Erik Lamela, Heung-min Son, Davinson Sanchez and Harry Winks who have all signed long-term deals since the end of last season.

Pochettino in his typically modest manner has tried to divert the attention from himself by insisting that it is instead a desire to want to play their football for Tottenham Hotspur.

“They have confidence in me, yes of course. But it is not that they attached to me only,” Pochettino told Sky Sports.

“It is about the club, it is about many things. If I believe Dele or a different player is only going to sign a contract because of me, it is a bad feeling, or I am wrong in my head.

“I think for me the most important thing… I think the club always need to be above the manager, the player.

“You need to feel you are going to play of course but it is about wanting to play for Tottenham.

“You need to play for something that is bigger than a person. It is nice to hear the player say one of the reasons is the manager or the chairman or the new stadium is so exciting.

“I want to hear them say I want to play for Tottenham, to make history, to touch glory with this badge.

“For me I feel proud the players care about you, but I repeat the responsibility is wanting to play for the glory of the club.”

With Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele’s contract expiring this summer together with Toby Alderweireld being able to leave for just £25million in 2022, Spurs fans will be hoping for further positive contract news in the coming weeks.


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