Pochettino reveals that multiple players wanted to leave the club this summer

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Tottenham fans had high hopes for the club this season on the back of the summer transfer window as they strengthened their squad considerably with the acquisitions of Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso, Ryan Sessegnon, and Jack Clarke.

However, Spurs have started the season in poor form, having registered just one win from four games, and find themselves already seven points behind Liverpool at the top of the table.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino pointed to the European transfer window’s late closure compared to England as the main problem and insisted that several of his stars were unsettled (Sky Sports).

Thankfully, the club managed to retain the likes of Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld beyond the summer, and the Spurs manager has insisted that all the players remain part of his plans.

However, he opened up about the problems in creating a positive dynamic at the club with several players contract situations making their future the subject of speculation.

Speaking to Football.London ahead of Spurs’ game against Crystal Palace, the Argentine said, “Always it’s difficult and then I think we are all agreed that Tottenham always have more rumours than other clubs.

“In one month I think it will start again with the rumours, for sure, because the situation of the squad is going to help those rumours appear.

“I think we talk a lot. Now it is a time to be positive. Victor Wanyama is in my plans. Christian is in my plans. Now they are going to have the same possibility as another player to play.

“Before I understood that they were in a difficult situation and of course always we try to help them, to help the club, to do their business.

“But I said to you, it’s not easy, when it’s one player [who wants to leave], okay, but when it’s a few players, who start to make it difficult to create a good dynamic, a positive dynamic, but now it’s to be positive.

“Now we need to start to win games. That is our objective. Be refocused and who is not refocused is going to be out.

“Before I understood that they were in a difficult situation and of course always we try to help them, to help the club, to do their business.”

The 47-year-old also insisted that he never doubted Christian Eriksen’s commitment to the cause despite the Dane going public with his desire to seek a new challenge (Ekstra Bladet).

When asked if the midfielder’s attitude was an issue, Pochettino added, “No, because you cannot doubt the player’s commitment. When you sign the contract, like Christian who signed for five or six years, you need to be committed from day one to the last day.

“It’s not because there’s only one year left on the contract that he’s not going to show the commitment. He’s still playing and showing his commitment.

“The difference is whether he wants to extend the contract or not. Different players have different goals.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Tottenham are usually very careful with the players’ contract situations and hardly ever allow anyone to get into the final year of their contract. The club has certainly mismanaged the contract situations this time around which is probably why so many players were distracted in the summer.

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