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He has only played 31 games for Genk so far though, in two years with the Belgian club.

The north Londoners might not have any new arrivals to grace their team this season, but the Argentine is content to work with the squad that helped them to finish third last term.

"The club made a massive effort to try and extend contracts of Harry Kane, just one example". But in four hours it will be hard to sign some players.

"I am happy to keep all the squad together, there were many rumours during the summer about players out", Pochettino, who has also seen the likes of Christian Eriksen touted for a big move, explained.

The Spurs manager launched an impassioned defence of his club's policy, explaining that a "crazy market" and spiralling stadium costs have stretched resources.

"Of course people in football find it hard to understand that Tottenham didn't sign or sell players, but sometimes in football you need to behave differently". "Until the game finishes you can't say it is the end of the game but in four hours it will be hard to sign players". But I am happy to keep all the squad together.

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But, although the Argentinian on Thursday conceded the transfer window would probably close without a fresh face arriving, he was adamant it was still a good period for his team.

"If you cannot add players who can improve your squad, the most important thing is to make sure you do not lose your best player".

"(There is) no point to say we will not repeat a season like past year or the season before with more experience, with players who compete at the high level of the World Cup. It's so clear what's going on at the club in the past and present and how we are going to move in the future.

"We didn't sell players and with 25 players in the squad it is hard to add players".

Asked why the club have struggled to recruit players this summer, Pochettino replied: "The market was insane".

Tottenham kick off their Premier League campaign away against Newcastle on Saturday, and Pochettino is assessing the nine players who reached the World Cup semifinals and only returned to training on Monday. Some need more time to get fit than others.