Mauricio Pochettino backs Tottenham to improve despite lack of signings

Aston Villa ace Jack Grealish could be a Tottenham player by the end of the week

Aston Villa ace Jack Grealish could be a Tottenham player by the end of the week

Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham have shown bravery by declining to sign any players this summer and focusing instead on retaining their top stars at a time when the club is investing heavily in their infrastructure.

Although there haven't been any new arrivals at "The Lane", Pochettino is adamant his side will be able to improve on last season's third-place finish.

"The club made a massive effort to try and extend the contract of Harry Kane, just one example".

"It is so hard now, only four hours to the end [of the transfer window]", he said. "Always, until you finish the game, you can not say "now it's the end of the game".

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"Of course we didn't sell players and with 25 players in the squad it's hard to add".

"We are happy with our squad and we can not improve our squad", the Argentine added.

Jack Grealish has insisted that he is ready to "get to work" with Aston Villa this season, having failed to engineer a move away from the Championship outfit in the final days of the summer transfer window. But I am happy to keep all the squad together.

"If you cannot add players who can improve your squad, the most important thing is to make sure you do not lose your best player". Now we have players who compete at a high level in the World Cup, we have the captain who lifted the trophy.

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"We have the captain of the world champion (Hugo Lloris, with France)". That is a fantastic experience for him to translate to our team.

Sources close to negotiations claim a £25million deal from the London club was never formally submitted, with the only official offer - made last month when Villa were battling a cash crisis - being a player-plus-cash offer of £3million and midfielder Josh Onomah. We didn't sell players and with 25 in the squad it is hard to add.

Premier League returns this weekend and Tottenham Hotspur kick-off the 2018/19 campaign with a trip to St James' Park to take on Newcastle United on Saturday. You get the feeling that one way or the other, this window could be the defining moment in the short term future of the club.

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