English Premiership

No Spurs players tempted to play in China

2016-12-24 14:23
Mauricio Pochettino (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that he is convinced none of his players will be tempted by the large amounts of money on offer in the Chinese Super League. 

Pochettino’s comments come after Chelsea midfielder Oscar joined Shanghai SIPG for £52 million and will receive a salary of £400,000 a week.

In 2015, Tottenham sold midfielder Paulinho to Guangzhou Evergrande, but looking at his current crop of players, Pochettino is confident that all of them want to ply their trade in England. 

"I don't believe it's a danger for us," Pochettino said. "My players like to play football and like to compete with the best in the world and the Premier League is a place to be competitive.

"It would be strange for me if one of my players decided to move in that direction but it is different circumstances and I respect all opinions."

Pochettino also questioned the motive behind Oscar’s move to the Chinese Super League, but he is not the first person to do so as Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had the same concerns.

"I can accept all the decisions but it's sometimes difficult to understand this type of decision," Pochettino said. "Football for me is not only money, it's to be competitive and for me the Premier League is the most important league in the world.

"It's not only money, for me it's a passion. I need to feel the competition. When you're in the Premier League, you're competing with the best and that means a lot more than money."

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