Mourinho: ‘Some clubs break the rules to spend money and sign players’

Jose Mourinho says Tottenham Hotspur will need to be realistic on the transfer market this summer. The Spurs are finishing outside of the top four of the Premier League for the first time in five years and Mourinho insists that missing out on the Champions League will have a massive effect on the club’s transfer spending during the off-season.

Asked if it would be possible to attract new star players without Champions League football, Mourinho sneered at Manchester City:  “For some clubs it’s easy, you break the rules, you spend the money and you get the players. For some, it’s more difficult. You follow the rules. For this profile of club, the situation is more complicated.”

“I knew what Tottenham is before I signed my contract. I had meetings with different people in the club. I think at that time we were 10-15 points behind the Champions League positions, so there are no surprises for me. We need to be realistic. I know where the best players in the world are, if we sit and have a coffee I can give you a shortlist of best players in the world by position.”

“The most important thing is to be realistic, analyse the transfer market opportunities – the clubs that are willing to sell, the players in the last years of their contract. Clubs willing to have creative deals. I know exactly what we need and what we would like and I know how to be realistic. The club also knows me better than before, I think only [chairman] Mr [Daniel] Levy can say, but I think it’s very easy to work with me.”

“I am open, pragmatic. I like to do my reports to the club, project the future, so for me everything is written. It’s quite easy to work with me. And when I am respectful and realistic, I think we are fine because we understand each other.” Tottenham will need to finish sixth to secure a ticket for the Europa League, and the Spurs are trailing Wolverhampton Wanderers by a point with two games to go in the Premier League.