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Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino pledges loyalty to club despite Daniel Levy’s strict wage structure

Former Southampton boss is one of the best in the business despite missing out on title glory for the second year in a row

MAURICIO POCHETTINO insists Tottenham is not his stepping stone for a bigger job.

Poch has pledged his loyalty to Spurs and will stick to chairman Daniel Levy’s strict budget instead of splashing the cash after missing out on the title.

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Mauricio Pochettino is not using Tottenham as a stepping stone to bigger things

And that will be music to the ears of the fans at White Hart Lane.

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The Argentine said: “When I signed here I understood the project of Daniel Levy . . . the Tottenham project.

“We agreed we are not using Tottenham as a platform to sell ourselves.

“And we have showed from day one we wanted to work in this project and we believed in this project.

“It’s important to be honest with the person that signed you three years ago and invited you to a good project that you agreed to.

“Now it is important to be loyal and work together to reach the next level.”

Tottenham don’t boast the same wage structure as their Premier League rivals

Tottenham don’t boast the same wage structure as their Premier League rivals

Pochettino, 45, says Spurs are unique as they are trying to get to the top on a budget.

They do not pay massive wages but still pushed Chelsea to the final fortnight of the season.

Poch added: “It is how we are. We’re coaching staff who enjoy working in this way.

“We love to help the club try to reach the next level, to develop young players and to build something special that does not exist in another club in the world.

“For us, it is unique. For the second consecutive season we are fighting for the title and competing with teams with completely different philosophies.

“It is exciting for us and it is a unique project here in England.”

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy tightens the purse strings when it comes to wages

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Spurs chairman Daniel Levy tightens the purse strings when it comes to wages

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Mauricio Pochettino have led Spurs to Champions League finishes in his last two seasons

Poch led Spurs to fifth in his first season after moving from Southampton in the summer of 2014.

Last season they finished third and today just a point against Manchester United will ensure they finish runners-up to champions Chelsea — their best effort in the Premier League.

But Pochettino says he will look at how he can improve again, starting with the club’s end-of-season trip to Asia.

He added: “We are always thinking about how we can improve — asking questions of ourselves and trying to make better decisions and make the team stronger.

“But after our final game against Hull, that will be the time to analyse.

“We go to Hong Kong to play one game, which is important for the club and the players are excited to go.

“There was some information that they were disappointed but I think it is the opposite.
“Then holidays — I don’t have too many holidays.

“I will be here and at my house in Barcelona, going back and forth.

“But it’s so difficult to switch off. Now we are thinking about next season and pre-season, signing players, retaining players.

“Wherever I am, my mind is always here with Spurs.”