Mauricio Pochettino has given an illuminating new interview in which he confesses that he doesn’t get the final say on transfers at Tottenham.
The Argentinian, who is set to take charge of Tottenham for a sixth year in the 2019-20 season, was speaking ahead of what promises to be an important summer for the club.
Spurs haven’t signed a played since Lucas Moura in January 2018, having failed to add a single player over the last two transfer windows.
“At Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal, there’s not the freedom that Pep and Klopp have at Manchester City and Liverpool,” said Pochettino, speaking to Spanish broadcaster TV3.
“Pep has total control of the plan at City. It’s a different model at Tottenham and other clubs.”
Since Tottenham last added a player, Liverpool have brought in the likes of Fabinho and Naby Keita, while Manchester City signed Riyad Mahrez last summer.
However, it does appear that Pochettino will have at least one new name this summer. The signing of Leeds United’s Jack Clark is reportedly imminent, although he may be loaned back to Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
Meanwhile, Lyon’s Tanguy NDombele has been linked with some of the biggest clubs in Europe and would be something of a statement signing if Tottenham can pull it off.
Pochettino had casted doubts over his future with Spurs at various points before the Champions League final, but appears set to stay after Real Madrid and Manchester United looked elsewhere for their next full-time managers.
“Selling players, deciding and offering contracts, buying players,” he added. “It depends solely on the manager, in the case of Pep or Klopp.”
“Things aren’t the same at other clubs [like Tottenham]”