Mauricio Pochettino backs Tottenham to improve despite lack of signings

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'We didn't receive (any offer) for any player, ' Pochettino told reporters in his pre-Newcastle press conference. The club made a massive effort to try to extend contracts with people like Harry Kane.

After Spurs finally chose to make an opening offer for Grealish on Tuesday, it now seems the 22-year-old will be staying put at Villa Park for the foreseeable future. I think the club is doing an incredible effort to try to finish the stadium as soon as possible, and the lodge is finished at the training ground. [So is] building a stadium that is almost £1 billion - that is true, don't believe £400 million. And if they don't play then I don't want them to give up and start to say: 'The gaffer is a bad guy.' It's not a drama - drama is another thing. To keep our best players was our objective and goal and we have achieved that - at the moment.

He said: "These players were never away from our thoughts".

Grealish, whose future has been the subject of intense speculation for the whole summer, trained at Villa's Bodymoor Heath training ground on Thursday morning and club insiders are now confident he won't be sold before the 5pm transfer deadline.

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"That maybe looks bad because of the perception and history of football but that is our decision - to keep the best players and to keep the squad. It's a courageous decision".

"I don't feel the panic in football. We believe a lot in our players and there's no point now to say, why not repeat a similar season like previous year or the season before, and with more experience". Maybe we have different principles.

"I am with full energy, I am fitter than last season because I was thinking if a player involved in the World Cup arrives not fit then I have a possibility to play", the former Argentina worldwide defender said at the club's training ground. It was relaxed and calm. Then also with Europe having more time to do deals, it was all so quiet and relaxed. "It was hard for everyone, for us included".

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