Tottenham will keep players they want to keep - Mauricio Pochettino
By Lyall Thomas
Last Updated: 25/04/17 11:26pm
Mauricio Pochettino insists Tottenham will not sell any players against their will this summer.
A number of Spurs stars are reportedly of interest to clubs across Europe - but Pochettino considers it natural given how successful the team has been again this season.
Tottenham continue their Premier League title push at Crystal Palace, live on Sky Sports 1HD on Wednesday, looking to close the gap on leaders Chelsea back to four points following the Blues' 4-2 win over Southampton.
Pochettino said: "I think, because we are doing good things, the clubs with a lot of potential are focused on our talented players.
"My relationship with Daniel Levy is so close so far. You know the relationship between chairman and manager can change in a moment but the good thing is we have the plan to try to improve, and we will deliver it when we finish the season.
"The players that we want to keep, we will keep, because he said to me 'we don't need money'. If we sell some players it is because we want to sell some players.
"We will sell players because of the players we want to sign. For our fans, it is so clear that all the decisions we take are for the reason to try to improve the team, to try to be more competitive next season."
Former Spain and Barcelona star Xavi said this week that Dele Alli is just the sort of player Pep Guardiola would be keen to sign for Manchester City, but ex-Espanyol manager Pochettino joked that Xavi is just trying to get under his skin as a former La Liga rival.
"Xavi is in a period when he loves to talk. He's in Doha (playing for Qatari club Al Sadd) and he was a Barcelona player - he's my enemy," Pochettino said. "I don't know what Xavi said - is he working for Manchester City now? He wants to help Guardiola.
"He tries to destroy our focus to win because he hates me because he's a Barcelona player and fan. I know Xavi very well. I played against him a lot and when I was a manager."