Tottenham EXCLUSIVE: Mauricio Pochettino set to SNUB Chelsea and remain with Spurs

Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur with the Carling Premier League Goal of the Month award for April at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre

Mauricio Pochettino has worked wonders but Daniel Levy must loosen purse strings to take Spurs to next level

Tottenham Hotspur defender Davinson Sanchez insists that manager Mauricio Pochettino has been an influential figure for him, and has shown him videos with the aim of improving him.

Pochettino has guided Spurs to a third successive top-three finish in the Premier League and has done so spending far less than the teams around them and having to play their home games at Wembley this season.

Pochettino's rallying cry for investment was backed by outspoken left-back Danny Rose.

Asked on Sunday about the comments made by Pochettino that Spurs need to "be courageous and take risks" in fortifying their squad this summer, Rose said that he hoped Daniel Levy, the chairman, would work with his manager to ensure the club were stronger after their third-place finish.

"I have learned my lesson on speaking on that sort of stuff". "It is good that the manager has come out and said that. I hope we get some good recruits to help us push on and as the manager said the next step is to try and hopefully win something this year".

Caps' Nicklas Backstrom appears closer to return from injury
As has been the case since late in the Eastern Conference semifinals, the coach was talking about Nicklas Backstrom's game status. Before being injured, Backstrom was one of Washington's top players in the post-season with 13 points in 11 games.

Following Spurs' 5-4 win over Leicester City on the final day of the Premier League season, Pochettino intimated that he wanted the club to spend more in order to compete with the top clubs in the country.

"It is a season where I have had to be patient and be mentally positive", he said.

"I've enjoyed it so much this season because I have quality team-mates, I have quality staff guiding me and I have a quality training ground to work at", TeamTalkquoted him.

The Times report that Spurs were granted the option by the FA to play a few matches at the national stadium next season, with the club suggesting to the Premier League that they start their season with a string of away matches, just like Liverpool and West Ham United did in previous year.

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