Tottenham manager Pochettino: Eriksen has right to leave

Mauricio Pochettino believes winning trophies would not have saved him from the sack as Tottenham manager if the club were not competing at the top end of the Premier League.

"If you don't finish how we have finished in the last three seasons and (win) the FA Cup, I don't know if Daniel (Levy, chairman) would have too much patience with me or is very nice to say, "OK you're 10th in the Premier League" and give you a new contract".

Dembele and Vertonghen will both miss Spurs' FA Cup clash with Tranmere Rovers on Friday as they work towards full fitness, while Erik Lamela is to sit out through illness.

"I would put Spurs in the mix - the Champions League might play a big part and the Wolves defeat was one of those games - it can happen, but everybody thinks that's them done and why?"

"What puts you on a different level is when you win the Premier League and you are capable to challenge every season for the Premier League and if you become a real contender one day to win the Champions League".

"Of course, Christian Eriksen is so important for us".

"It depends on many things in this business - different parties that have interests".

It has been 13 years since a lower division club have beaten Spurs in the third round of the FA Cup with Leicester City winning 3-2 back in January 2006. Now, the Spurs regular has opened up on his plans in the summer and hinted that he may have considered dropping down to the Championship in the hunt for first team football.

Pochettino clarified that while he did want to win the Carabao Cup and FA Cup, those types of trophies were not the type to raise the profile of the club to upper reaches of the game. "But you need a lot of coincidences to win sometimes".