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Gary Lineker: Spurs Must Buy Players to Retain Harry Kane, Mauricio Pochettino

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistAugust 7, 2019

SINGAPORE - JULY 19:  Manager of Tottenham Hotspur, Mauricio Pochettino looks on as Harry Kane speaks at the press conference during the Tottenham Hotspur official training/press conference at the Singapore National Stadium on July 19, 2019 in Singapore.  (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/International Champions Cup/Getty Images)
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Gary Lineker has said Tottenham Hotspur need to invest in their squad in order to keep Harry Kane and Mauricio Pochettino at the club.

The BT Sport presenter told TalkSport's Sean O'Brien that Spurs must keep the pair motivated to remain in north London by adding top-class players after Pochettino said he is not in charge of transfers.

"I can understand the frustration of the manager. He's done such an unbelievable job.

"I've been saying this about Tottenham for four years now, but this is a seminal moment for them and they've got to decide what they are.

"Are they just going to be a smaller club that punches above its weight occasionally? If they continue to do that, they will lose someone even as loyal as Harry Kanebecause he'll want to win things.

"You can see Pochettino's irritations there. They're just two or three players short of being a team who could challenge Manchester City or Liverpool, and they’ve been that for a number of years."

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 7: coach Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham Hotspur during the UEFA Champions League  match between Tottenham Hotspur v Juventus at the Wembley Stadium on March 7, 2018 in London United Kingdom (Photo by Laurens Lindhout/Soccr
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After a recent 1-0 pre-season victory over Real Madrid in the Audi Cup, Pochettino said he lacks control of transfers at the club, per BBC Sport.

"Sell, buy players, sign contract, not sign contractI think it is not in my hands, it's in the club's hands and [chairman] Daniel Levy.

"The club needs to change my title and description. Of course I am the boss deciding the strategic play, but in another area I don't know. Today, I feel like I am the coach."

According to BBC Sport, upon signing a contract extension in 2016, the Argentinian boss had his role altered from head coach to manager by Spurs.

Spurs reportedly remain active in the transfer market before the Premier League window closes on Thursday. Paulo Dybala, Giovani Lo Celso and Philippe Coutinho have all been linked with moves to the club in recent days, per Rob Guest of Football.London. Tanguy Ndombele recently signed for the Lilywhites from Lyon for a club-record €60 million (£53.8 million).

(L-R) Luka Modric of Real Madrid CF, Raphael Varane of Real Madrid CF, goalkeeper Keylor Navas Gamboa of Real Madrid CF, Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur FC, Sergio Ramos Garcia of Real Madrid CF during the Pre-season Friendly match between Real Madrid and
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Lineker added he thinks Kane would be content to commit his long-term future to Spurs, but if the club fail to sustain their progression, the England international could choose a move abroad, per O'Brien.

"I think Harry would love to spend his entire career at Tottenham, but I also think he's ambitious enough to want to win things.

"If it becomes a point where he sees Tottenham drift out of competitiveness, drop out of the top four and don't sign anyone, there comes a point where you consider your options.

"If he did leave, there would be a lot of clubs after him, including the giants abroad.

"From my personal experience, I hope Tottenham win things and he never leaves, but if he does leave it would be great to see him at Barcelona or Real Madrid."

Spurs' Premier League aspirations concluded prematurely last term, with the team finishing fourth. Pochettino's men had competed near the top for most of the season, but ended 27 points behind champions Manchester City.

However, the campaign ended with an appearance in the UEFA Champions League final. Spurs were defeated 2-0 by Liverpool, but qualifying for the final underlined how far the team has come under Pochettino. Spurs achieved this credible feat without making any signings last summer.