Pochettino asked whether Christian Eriksen will still be at Spurs in a month

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Dom Le Roy

Despite a successful deadline day of transfers, Pochettino was, of course, asked about the future of Christian Eriksen in his press conference today.

Spurs managed to bring in Tanguy Ndombele and Jack Clarke early in the window, before adding Ryan Sessegnon and Giovani Lo Celso on loan on deadline day.

However, Christian Eriksen sparked heavy rumours regarding his future way back in June after he told the media that he was ready to move on from Tottenham (Ekstra Bladet).

After the Champions League Final loss, he claimed that he needed a step up and a new challenge away from North London.

However, the Premier League transfer window has now shut and Eriksen is still a Spurs player. We won’t know for sure if the Great Dane is staying until the France, Germany, Spain, and Italy windows shut on September 2 though.

Pochettino is annoyed by the fact that other countries are given longer to sort their affairs out as it can be a disadvantage for Prem teams.

He said (Football London): “It is not right to talk about personal situations. It is all rumours. We can not waste time talking about every single rumour.

“The players who are here, I am more than happy to have. Of course, we are at this point where European clubs have 20 days more, and I think that was a big mistake.

“We open the door to other clubs to cause a confusion within your squad. I think we need to go back and change to operate in the same way. The Premier League cannot give this advantage to the European clubs. It can create a mess in clubs in England.”

On Eriksen’s focus, Poch said: “No, I am not concerned. All the players are so professional and their commitment, there is no doubt, whether they have one year, two years or five years. They all show their commitment with the team, with the club.”

Asked if he could do without Eriksen, Poch added: “For me, all the players in the squad are important, if not tomorrow [against Aston Villa], maybe after tomorrow.

“In the end, if you are going to win or be a contender to win a trophy, it is very important to have competition in the squad, and this quality.

“We have been playing in the Champions League and we reached the final last season, I tell the players they are top players, all the players involved in Tottenham, they are very good players.

“Me, or another manager, of course, would agree with me that you prefer to have good quality and to make them competitive with each other to give their best and be better, and of course it is a long season, with four competitions over ten months.

“It is tough and you will use different players in different periods. Some times you need to rest players. If you want to be consistent and try to challenge for big things, you need that quality and you need to have that competition in the squad.”

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