Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino happy with squad despite no signings

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LONDON — Mauricio Pochettino is not expecting Tottenham Hotspur to make any signings before Thursday’s deadline but insists he is happy with his squad and that the club will be competitive this season.

Spurs are yet to sign or sell any senior players, and the Premier League transfer window closes at 5 p.m. BST.

“It’s so difficult now because it’s only four hours until the end and I don’t have news now,” Pochettino told a news conference. “In four hours it will be difficult to sign some players.

“I am happy to keep all the squad together. There’s [been] many rumours during the summer about players out. The club made a massive effort to extend contracts like Harry Kane. There’s are many other examples.

“The club is making an amazing effort to finish our stadium as soon as possible. This summer we finish the lodge at the training ground. It’s a massive effort.

“Of course it’s difficult to understand for people that Tottenham didn’t sign or sell a player, but sometimes in football you need to behave differently and we’re happy with our squad. If we cannot improve our squad it’s better to keep our squad all together. We believe in our squad a lot.”

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Pochettino, who takes his side to Newcastle United for their first Premier League match of the season on Saturday, added that having club captain Hugo Lloris return to the club as a World Cup winner can help build a winning mentality at Tottenham.

“Now we have the captain that is the world champion,” he said. “He lifted the trophy. I think that is a fantastic experience to translate to our team. I have no doubt that we’re going to be competitive, with or without signings.”