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"Building a new training ground, finishing this summer the (player's) lodge was a massive investment".

"That is true, don't believe in £400m, that (£1bn) is the truth!"

Pochettino said at the end of last season that he wanted the club's hierarchy to be "brave" - a comment which many took as a strong hint he wanted new recruits to push on from a third successive top three finish.

"It's not about adding because it's fashionable to sign players".

"With Brexit it is worse because the cost is 30 percent more - that is a drama, I feel sorry for the English people - and then keeping the best players, for me [that] is to be courageous".

"For me [that] is to be fearless". Of course, we are open to improving but if you can't improve the most important is to keep your best team and players.

Tottenham Hotspur became the first Premier League club since the summer transfer window began to fail to sign a single player but Mauricio Pochettino said he was happy for the club to "behave differently". "It's a courageous decision".

Mauricio Pochettino ended last season seemingly hopeful of retaining the bulk of his squad but also keen to bring in some new box office players to light up the club's new stadium.

"I don't feel the panic".

"Football is a game where you need to be clever in how you set your principles, your strategy to try to win the games".

"And I think that was a great job from the club to keep the best player and keep the manager".

But he urged them to knuckle down if they remain for the season, saying: "If all the players today are thinking in a collective target, we can be competitive". "Always, until you finish the game, you can not say "now it's the end of the game".

The Scotland worldwide was a key man during a loan spell at Villa Park last season, but as the Villans hit financial difficulty early this summer, they were unable to put anything in place that allowed them to keep the playmaker.

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