Pochettino: Spurs must be courageous and take risks

Pochettino: Spurs must be courageous and take risks

Not for the first time, Mauricio Pochettino made some thinly veiled comments directed at Daniel Levy once the curtain came down on Spurs' season on Sunday.

Italian media outlet Calciomercato report that the Belgium superstar has no intentions of committing his future to the London club amid interest from AC Milan and a few other big clubs.

Spurs ended the season with a weird 5-4 home victory over Leicester that secured them a third-place finish, though their points total of 77 was nine short of their 2016/17 finish - and 23 points behind champions City.

"I am sure Daniel is going to listen to me and of course we can create together to help the team to move on".

If Jose Mourinho is closing in for Alderweireld, then Pochettino must be planning to get the very best out of his exit - and a sensational swap deal for Anthony Martial is the ideal counterweight for Spurs to swoop for. They are capable of competing at the top of the English game.

Spilling catches, fumbles in handling and looking nervy throughout, Leicester badly missed the commanding presence of Kasper Schmeichel in goal and will need him back for next season.


"And eventually the biggest stars that are there are going to demand the money they know they can get elsewhere, and the hierarchy at Spurs have to make sure they pay it to keep hold of them". At least, that's Pochettino's view.

The Mail adds that Pochettino now earns £5.5 million and wants to be taking home closer to the £9 million that Antonio Conte earns at Chelsea - which could put Levy under a little pressure given that it is the Blues who are interested in pulling off an unlikely move to lure the former Southampton boss to Stamford Bridge. Maybe we are a bit disappointed and frustrated because now we are close [to trophies].

I repeat from my last press conference, today 100 per cent I feel that I am here, but the most important thing is that tomorrow all can change because it's not in my hands.

"You need to be courageous". With our unbelievable fans, sometimes you need to be courageous and take risks. I think it's a moment for the club to take risks and try to be competitive.

It's been suggested that Pochettino would flourish at a club with a larger budget than Spurs' and he has previously been linked with moves to Manchester United and Real Madrid. That might be hard for him to swallow.

He added: "In football you never know".

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