Mauricio Pochettino claims his Under-23 players would have stepped up to the plate if Tottenham had lost any key players in the summer.
Their top stars were never expected to leave, but there was plenty of speculation that Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Mousa Dembele would exit the club ahead of Friday’s European transfer deadline.
Pochettino has grown tired over the summer of speaking about those three players in particular and embarked on several monologues about the situation, citing any player could leave if they wanted to.
And the Argentinian had his final say on the matter, suggesting that he would have been fine if all his players left.
Asked about Alderweireld’s situation, Pochettino said: “Harry Kane is here, Dele Alli is here, (Victor) Wanyama is here, (Eric) Dier is here, (Fernando) Llorente is here, Alderweireld is here.
“I don’t understand why you focus only on some names.
“Maybe you have some information I don’t have. Or better relations with me than someone.
“If you review all my press conferences when did I say expect this or expect that? Never, why you focus on a few names only?
“I don’t understand rumours about, you know, transfer window closing.
“It’s not a problem if we lose one or two or three. Because we have plenty of players in the academy, no problem.
“I am more than happy. I am more than happy to keep all the players and I am more than happy if they leave and we play with the under-23s.
“It’s not a problem, I promise you. Not a problem for me.”