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Mauricio Pochettino hails Spurs' standard of quality

By Jim Van Wuk

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes he has an "unbelievable squad", but refused to be drawn on any attempt to recruit Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton. French midfielder Schneiderlin is determined to join his former Saints manager at White Hart Lane, yet new St Mary's boss Ronald Koeman insists the 24-year-old is not for sale.

It remains to be seen whether the £15million-rated Frenchman will eventually be able to leave ahead of the closing of the transfer window.

Pochettino has already brought in the likes of goalkeeper Michael Vorm and defenders Ben Davies and Eric Dier – signings the Argentinian feels can help the north London club in their quest to break back into the Premier League's top four.

"It (new signings) is not my concern. I think we have an unbelievable squad," he said.

"Last season the club made a big investment and they signed unbelievable players. The most important thing is to develop our players and to provide the best team to play on the pitch."

When pressed on Schneiderlin, the former Saints boss said: "No, it is not my style to speak about a player from another club."

Tottenham open the new campaign at West Ham, and then play a Europa League qualifier against AEL Limassol.

Pochettino sees no reason why Spurs cannot move forward in 2014-2015.

"We want to improve every time, but we need to learn," he said. "Our style is always to (get a) feel (for) the player and after to try to get the best out of them for the team and for the club."

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