With just three days to go until the start of the new Premier League season, Tottenham Hotspur remains one of only two clubs yet to spend a penny this summer-even trailing the likes of newly promoted Huddersfield Town.
"Last summer he signed a five-year contract".
Pochettino, who was speaking at a news conference ahead of Sunday's Premier League opener at Newcastle, took the unusual step of answering numerous questions in Spanish, asking his assistant Jesus Perez to translate.
He said: "I was happy with the club before - it wasn't the day I fell in love with the club, but it was a massive, massive day for everyone".
Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle averaged a goal every 93 minutes in the Championship last season, scoring 23 goals; he also scored in his last top-flight appearance against Spurs for Crystal Palace in January 2015.
"There is a real project happening and the board showed that last season by re-signing all of the most important players in the squad". It would lift me seeing a top player come through the door.
Harry Kane, last season's Golden Boot victor, could have added more gloss but struck the post late on and his wait for a Premier League goal in August continues. He said most of the controversy was outside of the club as speculation ran rampant that Rose was trying to engineer a transfer to Chelsea or Manchester United.
"It's not fair to say they deserve the same punishment - Harry, Shelvey or Ritchie".
The first Sunday of the Premier League season kicks off with a match between Tottenham and Newcastle.
The Daily Telegraph's chief sports writer Paul Hayward agreed, admitting that Spurs do not compete with the top clubs in the Premier League when it comes to wages. Offensively, Tottenham will depend on Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son to score goals, with Christian Eriksen providing service.
Mourinho has been linked with 27-year-old Rose who comes from Yorkshire and has said he would like to return to the north to play.