Mauricio Pochettino has gained a reputation for getting the best out of English players, none more so than Tottenham full-backs Danny Rose and Kyle Walker.
Rose and Walker have been two of Spurs’ best players over the last couple of seasons, developing into two of Europe’s most coveted defenders.
And it seems Pep Guardiola is a tad jealous of Tottenham’s English stars. The Manchester City manager claims he is keen to recruit some English players this summer.
The Spaniard said: “I would like English players because they know the league and that is much better. I am really impressed with how many good English players your country has.
“Tottenham players, the English players are all amazing, City, United, Chelsea players as well.”
He added:“I would like to have more English players. But, you have to believe me, they are so expensive.
“I would like to play with them. When I was [at] Barcelona I had a lot of players [from Spain], at Bayern Munich, I had a lot of players [from Germany]. But sometimes it is not possible. The market is the market.”
The Manchester Evening News believes Rose and Walker are two of those English players on Guardiola’s radar, as well as Dele Alli; also, water is wet.
The report suggests Daniel Levy wouldn’t sell Alli for less than the price of Gareth Bale (£85.3m) and that Danny Rose would cost City in excess of £40 million.
Guardiola would be stupid not to go for Tottenham’s talented trio, but Mauricio Pochettino will be more than keen for them all to stay and continue with his project next season.