Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino does not believe he is the reason his star players are committing to the club. Dele Alli became the latest key man to sign a new long-term contract on Monday when he agreed terms on a six-year deal to take him through to 2024.
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While Spurs may struggle to sign players in the transfer window, they have no problem in getting their top dogs to commit as Alli followed Harry Kane, Erik Lamela, Son Heung-min, Davinson Sanchez and Harry Winks in agreeing new contracts over the past few months.
Spurs, who visit Wolves on Saturday night, hope Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen will also follow suit.
Alli cited Pochettino, who has coached most of those players to the top of their game, as a main reason for him agreeing to stay, but the Argentinian is keen to stay modest.
“They have confidence in me, yes of course. But it is not that they attached to me only,” he said. “It is about the club, it is about many things. If I believe Dele or a different player is only going to sign a contract because of me, it is a bad feeling, or I am wrong in my head.
“I think for me the most important thing I think the club always need to be above the manager, the player. “You need to feel you are going to play of course but it is about wanting to play for Tottenham. “You need to play for something that is bigger than a person.
It is nice to hear the player say one of the reasons is the manager or the chairman or the new stadium is so exciting. “I want to hear them say I want to play for Tottenham, to make history, to touch glory with this badge. “For me I feel proud the players care about you, but I repeat the responsibility is wanting to play for the glory of the club.”