Tottenham’s tight wage structure makes it difficult for Spurs’ players to get paid well, but they’re only there to play football.
After Christian Eriksen signed a contract extension with Tottenham, Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that Spurs’ players are only motivated by playing football and not money.
The highest paid player on Spurs’ squad is still Hugo Lloris who is rumored to be around £80,000-per-week with Érik Lamela and Mousa Dembélé trailing just behind the Frenchman.
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Eriksen’s new deal sees the Danish international’s wages jump from £35,000 to £75,000 which is a good pay raise, but when compared to Wayne Rooney (£250,000) or even Sadio Mané (£125,000), it’s not even close.
Because Tottenham can’t compete financially with the Premier League’s biggest spenders on a yearly basis, despite spending £65 million this summer for five players, Spurs must look for value signings instead to compete.
“Our power is not on the financial side,” Pochettino said (via ESPN FC).
“Our power is our facilities, the way we play. It is in the way our supporters show passion.”
“I think Tottenham is a very big club for players that have passion and want to play — not only for money but to achieve things and enjoy football.”
“Maybe we need to ask people outside Tottenham, but we feel inside that Tottenham is a very special team for players who want to enjoy football.”
These past couple of seasons since Pochettino took over as manager, big European clubs have been hot on the heels of Spurs’ best players from Hugo Lloris to Harry Kane, Érik Lamela to Christian Eriksen and even Eric Dier.
“When you start to play when you are young — and we watch a lot of games, like yesterday, the training sessions of the kids, eight, nine, ten years old — when you play you don’t play for money, you play because you love football, you love the game and that is an important thing to keep.”
“And we are lucky to have a squad who all play for that reason.”