Star Spurs names could follow Walker to exit

Mauricio Pochettino accepts that Tottenham’s star names may eventually be tempted to follow in the footsteps of Kyle Walker.

But Pochettino insists if there are departures, they will be on Tottenham’s terms.

Saturday’s opponents Manchester City splashed out £50million to land right-back Walker during the summer, as the England international became the first key player to leave White Hart Lane under Pochettino.

The likes of Danny Rose and Toby Alderweireld have subsequently been linked with moves away, with Pochettino’s Spurs yet to win a trophy, despite consistently challenging in the top four.

Pochettino says it’s natural that players are motivated by different factors, yet stresses that the only exits will be because it benefits the club in the long-term.

Pochettino said: “We’re not worried. We know how our project is and who we are, and in the end we try to develop our project not only thinking about today and tomorrow, but thinking long-term.

“It’s human nature that the players always want to improve, and have different challenges and ideas.

“But I am not worried, because in the end it’s always three parts in all the situations in football – the players, the club that owns the players, and if another club want some players, and in the end it’s to be agreed on different things and try to make everyone happy with the decision.”