Mauricio Pochettino 'totally understands' Tottenham fans are booing Kyle Walker

Arnold Nichols
July 31, 2017

Walker was on the winning side as City comfortably triumphed 3-0 - a result that flattered Tottenham if anything - but Pochettino has pointed out that the Lilywhites are still to make their own signings.

A clause in the 4-year contract Alderweireld signed upon arriving in 2015 says if Spurs trigger a year-long extension in 2019, he can leave for a fee of £25million. "Yesterday it was a tough training session and we knew it would be hard to compete with City, who have a lot of quality".

"It's true the squads are completely different but we are building the squad. That is the game we want to win".

"But it's a football match and I want to win, so if we can go there and pick up a victory that would be fantastic".

"Be sure we will move in the market to try to improve the squad". We pushed a lot to train and develop our physical condition. Yesterday for them was tough, the training session.

"They played better than us". It means we have good players.

The 18-year-old, who has represented England at U16 - U19 levels, was last year likened to Lionel Messi by Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino.

According to reports by the Daily Mirror, Pochettino spoke out in defence of the Spurs fans and claimed they still love Walker and that's why they booed him: "I totally understand".

Tottenham's transfer window doesn't seem to have gone to plan so far, with no new signings brought in yet despite their rivals around them all strengthening significantly with big-money signings.

But even though he still has five years to run on it a recent spate of players signing new deals have left him behind in the wage stakes on around £55,000 a week.

Conte also fired a barb towards Tottenham at the end of last season when he raised doubt over their standing within the Premier League's elite. "You can see that we have a lot of young players on the bench".

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