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Jermaine Jenas believes Tottenham are now well ahead of recent English giants

Aston Villa's Jermaine Jenas during the press conference

The former Spurs midfielder says the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea are now two years behind his old club.

Tottenham's Jermaine Jenas

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jermaine Jenas has told the Independent that his old club are now two years ahead of the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea and believes this allows them to take risks in this summer's transfer window.

Spurs had their finest season in recent memory this term, emerging as a top side and challenging for the title in the second half of the campaign before ultimately finishing third.

That placing will see them return to the Champions League next term, where they will enter at the group stage, and key players such as Harry Kane and Dele Alli have also become some of England's most indispensable stars ahead Euro 2016.

Harry Kane celebrates with Dele Alli after scoring the third goal for Tottenham

Jenas, who played at White Hart Lane for six-and-a-half years and made 202 appearances, believes his old club have become a bona fide top team under Mauricio Pochettino's rule.

The 33-year-old claims that their progress in the last two years under the Argentine boss has seen them move well clear of former top-four staples and title giants such as Manchester United and Chelsea, and says this has given them the opportunity to be able to take risks this summer as they look to go one step further next season.

Jenas told the Independent: "It’s time for them to become a team that wins titles. They don’t want to be spending big money on new training grounds and stadiums otherwise. Top clubs have smashed their wage structures and it’s time for Spurs to take a risk.

Aston Villa's Jermaine Jenas during the press conference

"They need to add players this summer. Manchester United and Chelsea are two years behind Spurs at the moment. It’s a big opportunity for them to take some risks."

Spurs' success this term was built on their rounded team, which saw a young talented English core of players such as Kane, Alli, and Eric Dier driving the side on.

Key to their ambitions to move up another gear next season will be retaining those stars amidst inevitable interest from bid-spenders in England and Europe, as well as adding further quality themselves over the next few months.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino with Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink

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