Date: 3rd September 2019 at 5:11pm
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As the clock ticked past 11:00 pm on the 2nd of September I can imagine there were not many more people relieved than Mauricio Pochettino.

This moment marked the closing of the European transfer window and it means that Spurs have kept hold of some of their crucial players.

It may, however, also be an annoyance that he has not got rid of some of his fringe players.

The main concern when the English transfer window slammed shut on the 9th of August was that Tottenham could still lose some of their star players – such as Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen or Toby Alderweireld.

Eriksen had expressed his desire to leave North London in an interview back in June – as he wanted a new challenge.

His dream is a move to Real Madrid, but that never materialised, and Eriksen will remain with Spurs until at least next summer.

The Dane has already admitted that he is now entirely focused on playing football.

Alderweireld’s £25m release clause expired, but strong rumours linking him with a move away from Spurs persisted – as he also has one year left of his deal.

Once again, though, there were no takers and talks are supposedly ongoing over getting the Belgian to sign a new contract.

Vertonghen was not really linked with a move away, but there were concerns that his ongoing contract situation may have driven him away from Tottenham, but he has also committed himself to Spurs and seems determined to sign a new contract.

Pochettino admitted that this was the worst period of his time at Tottenham due to the uncertainty over so many of his key players.

However, now that the window is closed Tottenham can move on and focus on getting their season back on track.

 

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