The Argentine said: 'If we have all the squad thinking as individuals rather than as a collective, you can not succeed.
"That is true, don't believe in £400m, that (£1bn) is the truth!" But on £20,000-per-week he is now among the lowest paid first-team players at the club and Villa will offer a deal which better reflects his importance to the team.
Tottenham have made a £25m bid to try and sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa this summer, according to reports in the British media. And if they don't play then I don't want them to give up and start to say: 'The gaffer is a bad guy.' It's not a drama - drama is another thing.
"For me [that] is to be courageous".
"It is hard to understand for people in football that Tottenham didn't sign or didn't sell players but sometimes in football, you need to behave different". "It's a courageous decision".
Meanwhile, Liverpool have invested heavily in their pursuit of a first Premier League title, spending more than £170m on new additions.
Chairman Daniel Levy has proved his point by refusing to sell to Belgian to another Premier League side, but Spurs still have the option to sell him overseas.
"I don't feel the panic in football".
Spurs were open to offloading others, such as Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose, with Pochettino not keen on having unsettled players on the fringes of his squad who could potentially be disruptions as the season goes on. It is important to be professional, to have commitment, with the team, with the club, with yourself, full commitment until the end. If all the players today are thinking about a collective target, we can be competitive.