Mauricio Pochettino suggests Moussa Sissoko could start against Newcastle

Danny Rose issued an apology via his representatives after his scathing attack on Tottenham

Danny Rose issued an apology via his representatives after his scathing attack on Tottenham

Speaking to Sky Sports at today's Premier League launch Pochettino reiterated his aim to only add players to his squad who can challenge his first XI.

"We need players who can challenge our starting XI, players who believe in themselves and think: 'OK, I can challenge Dele Alli, I can challenge Harry Kane", said Pochettino. "I'm sure they used Google or Chrome!" former Argentina global Pochettino said.

"For a while you had the problem of the quality of the pitch but that does not exist anymore. For me it's in the past, the situation".

Pochettino made light of Rose's plea that Spurs recruit household names by reminding him that he was a relative unknown when he took over at Southampton in 2013 and illustrates his point further through the rise of Eric Dier, Dele Alli and N'Golo Kante.

Rose was reportedly fined two weeks wages for the way he handled the interview.

Mauricio Pochettino, the manager, insisted that his left back had a future at the club when fit after a knee injury, probably next month. For me he is one of the most important businessmen in this country, I am sure he has many reasons to say that.

'Harry finds it boring sometimes and says "please gaffer, move on because always you say the same thing".

Sanchez, who plays at primarily as a centre back but can also fill in at right back, was Ajax's Player of the Year last season, despite it being his first year at the club.

'It was his opinion and then he understood he needed to apologise. Matic, in particular, was an odd sale for me and really surprising that they sold him to a close rival.

Spurs pay Saint James' Park a visit on Sunday to kick off their 2017-18 EPL season against Newcastle, and having missed out on 2nd position with a 5-1 loss at the ground 2 seasons ago, they would be keen to get back at the newly promoted side and start their campaign on a high note.

Spurs, who finished runners-up to champions Chelsea last season, are the only top-flight club yet to spend any money this summer on transfer fees, although Pochettino expects that to change.

The eagerness to buy into any notion of idealism, such as a club shunning the transfer window mayhem, is understandable in a sport where a player paying off his contract for €222 million to switch one super club for another is something many choose to celebrate.

"I don't understand why now it's a big issue when before it wasn't".

"The player is calm and we're calm".

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