"And I think that was a great job from the club to keep the best player and keep the manager". Then also with Europe having more time to do deals, it was all so quiet and relaxed.
Pochettino highlighted the cost of Tottenham's new stadium, which will open this season, arguing that while it is a big investment, Brexit made it more expensive than the figures let on. They need to allow us to manage.
If Spurs decide not to cash in, they must attempt to try and get Alderweireld to commit to a new deal.
"Who manages and decides the way to act is the board, and it is not the players".
But he urged them to knuckle down if they remain for the season, saying: "If all the players today are thinking in a collective target, we can be competitive".
"Until you finish the game you can't say it's the end".
The Scotland worldwide was a key man during a loan spell at Villa Park last season, but as the Villans hit financial difficulty early this summer, they were unable to put anything in place that allowed them to keep the playmaker.
"There's no reason to not trust in our squad and no reason not to believe in our club or believe in what we can do".
'It is human nature that you always look after yourself. "Now is the moment to change your reality". But once you can not change anything, then you need to change your mindset and think about the team. You need to show your commitment, from the pitch, from the bench, sometimes from outside. But when it is not possible, why create a problem that can only disturb or not help the club and team-mates?