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LONDON — Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has promised that Spurs will be able to compete with their biggest rivals in the transfer market given time, with their move to a new stadium making them one of the world’s most attractive clubs.
Pochettino has repeatedly said that Spurs cannot rival Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool or Arsenal for signings — a point underlined by City’s £57 million capture of Aymeric Laporte and Arsenal’s signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a similar fee.
Spurs’ record signing, Davinson Sanchez, cost £36.6m, but Pochettino assured fans that next season’s move to a new £850m new stadium will put the club in a position to compete in the same market as their top-six rivals, adding that “everything is going to change.”
He said: “Of course we will be able to compete. With these facilities and the new stadium, Tottenham is going be different. A different club, a different reality, and everything is going to change.
“I hope and I wish it, because I think the fans deserve it and of course the club and the people that work here too.
“Tottenham is going to be one of the most attractive clubs in the world and with the capacity maybe to develop a more exciting or different project.”
Arsenal went through years of austerity after moving to the Emirates Stadium in 2006 and have only begun to reap the rewards of the move in the last half a decade.
Pochettino would not put a timescale on when Spurs would begin to challenge their rivals but he warned: “In football sometimes you need to be patient and wait a little bit.
“It’s impossible to run faster than you can and that is timing, it’s time. It’s time to finish the stadium, it’s time to finish all the projects and the ideas that the club have, and of course every season the expectation is to win.
“We want to compete with the big clubs but the club needs time to become a club like United and Liverpool. I think we need time.”
Dan is ESPN FC’s Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @Dan_KP.