Ledley King has praised the way Tottenham go about their transfer business.

Since Mauricio Pochettino’s arrival in 2014, Spurs have a net spend of just £50m.

Our philosophy of refusing to pay our star players top wages, has been a credit to their chairman Daniel Levy while United and City, on the other hand, have spent over £1bn since 2014, with the Manchester sides desperate to usurp each other at the top of the Premier League.

Former Spurs hero King says Tottenham are getting success the right way compared to their top-four rivals.

Speaking to The Express about United and City’s big spending, King said: “We can’t legislate for other teams and the amount of money they spend on. It becomes a tricky situation when you throw large sums of money around. For me, the club’s run the right way and the players are paid well.

King added; “Players are still signing and renewing contracts, whether it’s the manager or Harry [Kane]. They’re happy about being part of this process.

“The club tries to do things the right way, build up. Maybe there are other teams out there that are willing to pay astronomical sums of money to players for success, but we’re building the success rather than buying it.

King added: “When a club does that, you can’t look down on it. You can only appreciate the way the club is going about their business while competing at the highest level.”

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino signed a new five-year deal in May, with the Argentine committing his long-term future to Tottenham after crunch talks with Levy and King hailed Pochettino’s progress at Tottenham, claiming Real’s interest in him proved he’s doing things right in north London.

“If any team is coming after your players or your manager you’re doing something right,”

”You always want them to do well. With that, you expect there will be obstacles along the way.

He added:”The manager is building something, hopefully the stadium is the final piece of the jigsaw and once the team gets home they’ll be able to build some momentum to start winning things in the next five or 10 years.Hopefully they can become one of the top clubs in Europe.”

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