Pochettino praises Spurs' 'massive' summer effort to retain Kane and other stars

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho did not expect to add to his squad before the close of the English Premier League transfer window yesterday on an unusually quiet deadline day for English clubs.

Mourinho's squad should be boosted by the return of World Cup victor Paul Pogba, who arrived back at Carrington on Monday, and Anthony Martial, who did not travel to Munich for the friendly against Bayern after leaving the US tour and missing more than a week of training to attend the birth of his son in Paris.

It is understood United officials have grown increasingly tired and suspicious of Pogba's high-profile agent Mino Raiola, whom they blame for stories that his client would prefer to play for Barcelona.

Harry Kane was disappointed with his World Cup display despite scoring six goals to win the Golden Boot - a reaction which delights Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino.

"[Paul] arrived on Monday, [feeling] happy, proud, with desire to work".

"He worked amazingly well Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday". He said on Thursday that some of Paul Pogba, Ashley Young, Fellaini and Jesse Lingard may yet be involved against Leicester. "The staff they know everything about us, how we need to play and how we need recovery as well". But Liverpool did its business early in splashing more than 170 million pounds (US$220 million) on Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker and midfielders Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri.

Asked if there was good competition between him and Jimenez, Bonatini said: "Yes, we are all here to help each other".

Rojo will stay at Old Trafford after United failed to get the new arrival Mourinho wanted. But Mourinho now says he is focusing on the players already at his disposal. Martial was omitted from the squad for Sunday's friendly loss at Bayern Munich.

He said: "He didn't have nine days of pre-season where no training, no football, absolutely nothing".

England internationals Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Eric Dier are among the players to have been given time off after the tournament, with no participation in pre-season games as a result.

Knowing Kane's drive, he will be determined to try and beat the aforementioned feats and make a strong start to it by getting off the mark in August this year.

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