While several of the Premier League’s biggest stars have already migrated to the Chinese Super League, Mauricio Pochettino isn’t worried the league will threaten England’s top flight.
Chelsea midfielder Oscar is the latest big-money signing to make the move east after the Blues agreed to send the Brazilian to Shanghai SIPG in January. The 25-year-old will join the likes of former Premier Leaguers Ramires, Gervinho and Demba Ba, who are all earning big bucks since moving to China.
While the money continues to flow through China though, Pochettino isn’t worried about the PL losing losing a significant amount of its stars because of the league’s quality.
“I don’t believe it’s a danger for us,” Pochettino said of players migrating to China. “I accept all decisions, but it’s sometimes difficult to understand this type of decision. Football for me is not only money, it is to be competitive and for me the Premier League is the most important league in the world.
“It’s not only money, for me, it’s a passion. I need to feel the competition. When you’re in the Premier League you’re competing with the best and that means a lot more than money.
When speaking about Tottenham players specifically, Pochettino said that while he wouldn’t necessarily understand a Spurs squad member leaving for China that every player has to make their own decisions.
“My players like to play football and like to compete with the best in the world and the Premier League is the place to be competitive.
“It would be strange for me if one of my players decided to move in that direction but everyone has different circumstances, and so I respect all opinions.”Follow @MattReedFutbol