Lord Sugar shares what he's been told regarding Spurs' Daniel Levy

16.05.2015. London, England. Barclays Premier League. Tottenham Hotspur versus Hull City. Former Tottenham Hotspur owner Lord Sugar in the crowd

Tottenham Hotspur haven't spent a penny in close to 18 months.

Tottenham Hotspur's former chairman Alan Sugar smiles before the team's Premier League football match against Blackburn at White Hart Lane in London on November 23, 2008. AFP PHOTO

Lord Sugar has claimed on talkSPORT [broadcast May 9] that Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy is not behind the club's lack of spending.

Tottenham beat Ajax on away goals on Wednesday to qualify for the final of the Champions League, where they will meet Liverpool in Madrid on June 1.

It is a phenomenal achievement by Spurs when you consider the fact that they haven't signed a player since Lucas Moura - who scored a second-half hat-trick against Ajax - nearly 18 months ago.

The tightening of the purse strings has largely been attributed to the move to the North Londoners' new stadium, but former chairman Sugar 'knows for a fact' that isn't the case, suggesting that manager Mauricio Pochettino has consciously decided against spending.

 

He told Alan Brazil's Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT [09/05/2019]: “You’ve got to admire him [Pochettino].

"He’s been with us a while, he came from Southampton, people might have been skeptical. His ethos is to bring young players through. There’s been a lot of talk about Daniel Levy having his wallet shut because of the new stadium.

“I know for a fact that’s not true. Pochettino doesn’t want to buy people and if he doesn’t want to buy people he won’t. And he gets rid of people who he doesn’t want to work with. I hope we hold onto him.”

Reigning supreme in Europe seemed almost unthinkable at the start of the season, a potential achievement made all the more remarkable when you consider that star striker Harry Kane has missed three of their last four Champions League games.

Pochettino has done an exceptional job and from a Spurs point of view, you wonder if he could be tempted away if they go all the way. How do you follow this?

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