Mauricio Pochettino believes Kyle Walker epitomises the “problem” Tottenham face with their players.
Walker left Tottenham for Manchester City in the summer for £50million, doubling his wages in the process.
The right-back was the first of Tottenham’s core first team to be tempted elsewhere, with the club not offering the sort of wages that the rest of the Premier League elite can.
Pochettino believes this shows what the club are up against, with Spurs facing City on Saturday.
Put to him that players might cherish short-term success over long-term projects, Pochettino replied: “That is the problem. I agree with you.
“Maybe some players are not agreed in this plan and this strategy.
“They are right to complain, talk and in the end to want to move or have another challenge.
“The most important thing is to talk, design the plan for everyone and then all be happy because life is about enjoying and being happy. Its not about wasting time in a bad way.”