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Mauricio Pochettino wants Tottenham to attract world's top talent

Mauricio Pochettino wants Tottenham to be the hunters not the hunted when it comes to attracting the world's top talents.

Kyle Walker is the latest Spurs player to be attracting interest after Dele Alli, Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier and Christian Eriksen have all been linked with moves away.

Tottenham have been forced to sell their star names in recent years and they still cannot compete financially with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.

But Pochettino, whose side sit second in the Premier League, wants Spurs to become a club that players want to join rather than leave.

"We want to move the club to the last level," Pochettino said.

"At the moment if we are capable of moving the club in the next few years to the last level you will see maybe the rumours will stop because when you compare Tottenham to - I don't know I want to be very respectful - to Manchester United or this type of club, you do not see the same sort of rumours as down here.

"Why? I think you know and we know, it is not a moment to talk but that is the situation. The real situation is we are working so hard.

"I try to explain to you that there is a lot of pride, because he (Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy) is the first who is creating a massive club for us and the fans because he is thinking to move in the next few years the club into the last level.

"And then of course in our signings we are creating a new team that in the new stadium and with the new facilities Tottenham will be one of the best teams in the world."

Walker, who is reportedly keen on a move to Manchester City, is in the squad to face West Ham on Friday night and has trained as normal with the first team this week.

Pochettino picked Kieran Trippier ahead of Walker for last weekend's north London derby against Arsenal and remained tight-lipped about the defender's future.

"All 21 players are focused to help achieve the things we want to achieve," Pochettino said.

"I am so calm. The players are calm. They know what happens inside.

"It's important that the fans know that the players are calm and we will see at the end of the season whether the rumours are true or not."

Asked about Walker's absence against Arsenal and Chelsea, Pochettino said: "For me every game is big. Crystal Palace was big. Swansea was a big game."

He continued: "When you have players that deserve to play and play, then all players feel an important part of the team.

"The rotation between Danny Rose and Ben Davies, or Kyle and Trippier, you can see their performances.

"It's because we have good players in the squad that it affects their team-mates and makes them better."

Spurs have the chance to crank up the pressure on Chelsea this weekend - they can reduce the gap at the top to one point, before the Blues face Middlesbrough on Monday.

They must first, however, beat West Ham at the London Stadium, where the Hammers have struggled for form this term.

Tottenham confirmed last week they will move to Wembley next season while their own new stadium is completed, and Pochettino said he might even ask Slaven Bilic for some advice.

"Yes it will be a great opportunity," Pochettino said.

"Before the game, after the game. Always is an opportunity to listen, to learn. He maybe can advise us on different things. You need to adapt to different things in a new stadium."

Danny Rose is still not ready to return after three months out with a knee injury but the full-back is expected to resume full training next week.

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