Postecoglou on Johnson, signings and outgoings

Ange Postecoglou has spoken to the media ahead of Tottenham's Premier League game against Burnley.

Here are the main lines from his news conference:

  • Postecoglou confirmed that Giovanni Lo Celso will miss the game with "a bit of a quad strain" which is "not too serious". All other players are fit and available.

  • When asked if he could provide an update on Brennan Johnson, who Spurs are heavily linked with on deadline day, he said: "Not really. I'm in the position where other people are in control of those matters and I'm not brought into the loop until things are concluded. I don't think it's my place to talk about it. The countdown clock says nine or 10 hours and we'll see what happens."

  • On previous Spurs managers being given 'club signings': "I don't know, I don't know what club signings means. I would never approve a signing that I don't think will fit into way we want to play. If it is younger level, academy level, of course it is club but at senior level when you have a manager and you give him the responsibility, you need to give him players that will suit the way he wants to play."

  • When asked if he would be happy with no more incomings, Postecoglou said: "The ones we've bought in so far have been really good contributors for us. That's what you're looking for, it's not just about bringing players in. It's a good indication of the business we've done."

  • On players who are not featuring but not trying to leave the club: "I'm not isolating anyone. Players have their own reasons for these decisions. We have to name a 25-man squad after the deadline and we have more than that so some will have to miss out. It's up to them to decide what the next step is. I don't see the need for us to do anything different to what we've been doing."

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