Spurs’ latest defeat to Sheffield United only increased speculation that Mourinho will need to sign players to improve the club’s form.
The coronavirus pandemic is thought to have cost Tottenham around £200m and the club has revealed they have taken out a £175m Bank of England loan to deal with the hit.
But Mourinho claims he understands “perfectly” the financial situation at the club and does not want to put chairman Daniel Levy in a difficulty by talking about potential transfers.
“I don’t feel very comfortable to speak about [what I want] publicly,” Mourinho told the Evening Standard. “One thing is what I would like and, of course, Mr Levy knows what I would like. But I know the situation perfectly. And that’s why I say, ‘I would like’ and I don’t say, ‘I want’.
“Because I have to respect the situation of the world and the situation of my club. So we have to be very cautious in our words. Of course we have to improve, we have to improve generally. Let’s see what is possible.”
Mourinho called for the same time and patience given to Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool but insisted he did not a complete turnover in players like the German.
“Jurgen in Liverpool had the time to do this amazing work in these years,” Mourinho said.
“It’s a great example for many clubs. But only Divock Origi remains from the first line-up to the last line up. I want to believe that in five years’ time a Tottenham line-up will have much more than that from today’s team. In this team, we have lots of people of the right age, with the right quality, with the right ambition.
“So I would say that in three, four, five years’ time, the base of the team will still be around. Important players that are in the club now. That’s why I say we don’t need to make lots of changes. I believe we have an important nucleus of players.
“The process is important, where some faces are leaving, some faces are coming and you try to rebuild something. Teams don’t last forever, of course.
“[Like some of the fans], I want too much too soon, but it’s very important to be realistic, to understand that there is a process.
“I understand the fans’ ambitions but it takes time.
“The good thing is that we are all together in the club. We are all very stable, very realistic, very experienced and we are going to get there.”