Mauricio Pochettino has said he is “not open” to staying with Tottenham Hotspur unless a clear plan is put at place for the club’s next chapter.
Spurs booked their place in the Champions League final with a remarkable comeback against Ajax on Wednesday night in Amsterdam.
The team’s achievement is made even more impressive by the fact Tottenham haven’t made a signing since January 2018 – fittingly, Wednesday’s hero Lucas Moura was the last arrival.
However, Pochettino claims spending money on transfers has little to do with what he means by starting a new project at Tottenham.
The Argentinian has suggested finances aren’t as important as communicating the club’s plan to the supporters going forward.
“I am not open to start a new chapter with no plan, with no clear idea, with not being transparent,” Pochettino said on Friday (via BBC Sport).
“I know very well how this business works. And we know we need to operate in a different way – that doesn’t mean to spend more or less money.
“But if we expect every season to be in the final of the Champions League, we need to create a plan. And the plan maybe is different to what has happened in the last five years.
“If we believe that if we operate in the same way that we have operated in the last five years we are going to be every season in the final of the Champions League, and in the top four and competing against projects like Liverpool or Manchester City or Manchester United, I think we are very naive
“If you want to expect the same from Liverpool, from Manchester City or Manchester United and Chelsea, and you put the same expectation on Tottenham, give me different tools to work.
“If not, I see the people working in the same way, in the future I’m going to be this guy. I am the most stupid person to work.”
Pochettino’s comments will spark fears among Spurs fans about his future, but after the miraculous progression to the Champions League final, the club will surely do everything possible to keep hold of him.
Regardless of his playing down of spending, it’s likely chairman Daniel Levy will have to increase the transfer budget this summer to keep Pochettino happy.