Mourinho: Tottenham doesn't need much strengthening

Jose Mourinho feels Tottenham Hotspur doesn’t need to sign too many new players to boost the side ahead of the next Premier League season.

Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham is in seventh spot in the Premier League, nine points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and seven behind Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.   -  Getty Images

Jose Mourinho feels Tottenham Hotspur doesn’t need to sign too many new players to boost the side ahead of the next Premier League season.

The north London club has enjoyed four successive seasons in Europe's premier club competition and reached last year's final, losing 2-0 to Liverpool in Madrid, but looks unlikely to gain an automatic qualification berth this season.

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Ahead of Thursday's Premier League visit to Sheffield United, Tottenham is in seventh spot, nine points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and seven behind Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Asked if missing out on the Champions League could impact on Tottenham's close season squad-strengthening, Mourinho told a virtual press conference: “A team that qualifies or doesn't qualify for the Champions League, it makes a difference to their economical situation.

“That's easy to understand and easy to accept. The two good things are that (chairman, Daniel) Mr. Levy wants what I want. He wants what the fans want, which is to win football matches and to try to win trophies. So that's one good thing.

“The second good thing is that we don't need much. We don't need many players. We don't need huge investment. That's not our profile as a club. With or without COVID, with or without Champions League, so I think we will manage to improve our squad which is what we want.”

Defender Jan Vertonghen looks set to leave once the season is concluded but Mourinho believes fellow defender Eric Dier will still be with the club next season.

“My boss Mr. Levy tells me that he wants Eric to sign a new contract and Eric tells me that he is more than happy here, he is more than happy with his situation,” Mourinho said.

“I hope that they can find an agreement, because I am taking the team in a certain direction.”

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Tottenham needs a win at Sheffield United to give it some hope of catching the teams above it, and the side will be boosted by a sharper Harry Kane, who scored his first goal of an injury-hit year in the 2-0 defeat of West Ham United.

“The agility is coming, the sharpness is coming, the positioning is coming,” Mourinho said of the England captain, adding: “The interaction with the other players is coming.”

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