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Press Conference: Jose Mourinho on Giroud, Wanyama, Bergwijn and Manchester City

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Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho has talked to the media ahead of his side’s clash with Manchester City on Sunday.

Spurs boss has talked about chasing a striker, young player loans, newcomer Steven Bergwijn, upcoming clash with the Citizens and more.

When asked about possible transfers and chasing a striker, the Portuguese manager said:

“I’m not expecting any players. The market is open though. I’m happy [with my squad] but I have to answer yes it would be better with a striker.

“Yes we would need a striker to have a better squad to face the challenges ahead. But we want to do things not to resolve the problems of today or tomorrow but things that are also good for the future.

“For example, Steve Bergwijn – I prefer to say Stevie – is the kind of player that is good for now but also good for our future, the direction we want to go.

“With the difficulties of the market in January, it was really hard to find the striker that is good not just to resolve the problems of today but also the future of the team. So probably we’re not going to do it.”

Mourinho was also asked about whether he’s satisfied with the club’s transfer activity, to which he replied:

“I cannot hide. If I say it’s an easy situation to play three competitions without a striker, I’m going to lie and I cannot lie. It’s important for us but if it’s not possible for us, it’s not possible.

“For me the great thing is that we’re all together on this in the club. There’s nobody to blame and say you could didn’t do your job well or you could do better than you did. Not at all.”

“To find a winger that fits in our way of playing – young, creative, enthusiastic with a lot of develop, that can also create a connection with the fans because we know what the Tottenham fans wants – we found with Stevie this profile of player. It’s not the perfect situation but it’s where we are.”

Spurs boss doesn’t believe Troy Parrott or Oliver Skipp will go out on loan from Spurs on Friday.

He did offer fans a small crumb of hope though by saying that there is “still time for anything to happen”.

Spurs boss has talked about Victor Wanyama, as there were rumours of his departure:

“If he is not playing it is because in my eyes, and that is always different but in the end always the head coach that makes the decisions. In my eyes I see more the team going to the future with young Winks, English, young, national team player. I see more the team going in that direction.

“A great investment on Tanguy Ndombele which sooner or later has to arrive to certain levels of performance. So it is not easy for Victor. But staying with us, if he stays and normally he stays, working hard like he does every day, untouchable on his commitment and professionalism. If he stays with us he is always on my plans.

“I don’t know [if he will leave], at this moment no. At this moment we don’t have any offers, we don’t have Victor knocking on our door asking for understanding in a situation to leave.”

Mourinho was asked about Gareth Bale and possible transfer:

“I thought you were going to ask about Aguero or Gabriel Jesus but you ask about Bale. If you want to talk about Man City, I’m here.

“If you want to talk about the market, I’ve nothing more to say. I honestly feel we’re not going to sign another player until the end of the market but while the market is open, it’s open.”


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