Saturday 25 January 2020

Poch warns of 'mess'

Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino says the European transfer window closing two weeks later than in England has the potential to "create a mess" at Tottenham.

Spurs concluded their summer business on Thursday as they added Ryan Sessegnon and Giovani Lo Celso to their squad, having already broken their transfer record on Tanguy N'Dombele, but European clubs still have until September 2 to sign players.

That puts Pochettino in peril of losing a number of players, namely Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose, with Jan Vertonghen also in the last year of his contract, and being unable to replace them until January.

The Argentinian did not discuss any individual situation, but criticised the Premier League's decision to bring the deadline forward.

"All the personal situation, it is not right to talk," he said. "There is a lot of rumours. We cannot waste time talking about every rumour that appeared on the news.

"That is another point to argue that we are at a disadvantage with European clubs because they have 20 days more, because I think it is a big mistake for the Premier League to allow that."

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