Glenn Hoddle explains how Tottenham Hotspur can become as big as Arsenal

Tottenham Hotspur look set to finish above Arsenal this season.

Glenn Hoddle has told the Daily Mail that Tottenham Hotspur need to keep hold of their best players if they are ever to become as big as Arsenal.

Spurs look set to finish ahead of their North London rivals in the league for the first time in over 20 years this season, and they have ambitious plans for the future.

Tottenham are set to move from White Hart Lane into a new ground, but Hoddle still thinks they have some work to do if they are to start rivalling the Gunners on a consistent basis.

“Tottenham have been a selling club recently, with Luka Modric, Gareth Bale,” he said. “The No 1 way to keep the manager is to keep the best players. Players like Lloris, Alderweireld and Kane are worthy of playing in the Champions League, be it with Tottenham or be it with another club.

“You have to keep those players and that will keep the manager. The next phase is difficult. They have a new stadium to build.

"But they then need to add players and keep some so that, once the stadium is built, they become as big as Arsenal. They have an opportunity there. There are some real question marks and testing times. on and off the pitch.”

Tottenham are almost certain to qualify for the Champions League this season, meaning their task of keeping on to their key players should be made easier.

Spurs are likely to have to fend off interest in many members of their squad, though, as there is so much talent in it.

The likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli are two of the finest youngsters in the Premier League, while Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld are becoming household names.

If Tottenham can keep hold of the bulk of their team the future looks very bright, and they will be hoping to consolidate their place in the top four over the years ahead.

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