Pochettino reveals what was said in discussions with want-away Spurs stars

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur had a mixed summer transfer window, to say the least, as they smashed their record transfer with the signing of Tanguy Ndombele.

They also brought in Ryan Sessegnon, loaned in Giovani Lo Celso, and signed Jack Clarke before loaning him back to Leeds United for the season.

However, Spurs did lose their first-team right-back in Kieran Trippier and it was claimed that a number of stars wanted to leave the club in the summer.

Christian Eriksen came out and revealed that he was ready to move on from Spurs in search of a new challenge and a step up, yet he was not sold (Ekstra Bladet).

Serge Aurier told Bal des Productions that he was also ready to quit the club in the summer.

Pochettino has now revealed that talks were held with the players, presumably after the transfer window shut, at which point they all said they would start again.

He insists that nothing is broken beyond repair with these players (Football London): “When I spoke about ‘different agendas’ [on Tuesday], I meant that until the [closure of the European] transfer window, until [the match against Crystal] Palace, there were different circumstances, personal circumstances, individual circumstances, that’s obvious.

“We spoke to the players, and they said, ‘okay, it’s the same as last season, from now we start again.’

“And I meant that on Tuesday, the competition already was on, the energy and time you spend on those situations, rather than being purely focused on training and matches. You need to reverse that time, and use that time to fix it, and move on.

“Nothing’s completely broken [with those players who wanted to leave], it’s just that sometimes, temporally, the mindset can change, and then to get back on track takes time or action for solutions.”

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