Fuming Mauricio Pochettino claimed he is no longer in charge of transfers at Spurs – and called for his title to be changed from manager to coach.
The Argentine said: “Maybe the club need to change my title description now, because my job now is to coach the team.
“[Transfers are] not a question for me, they are a question for the club, and maybe they are going to change my title description.”
Pochettino let rip after his side’s 1-0 Audi Cup win over Real Madrid, refusing to answer questions on either Danny Rose’s future and new signings – and insisting it was all chairman Daniel Levy’s responsibility.
Although Spurs have smashed their transfer record to sign £65million midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, they have seen Manchester United leap ahead of them in talks for Juventus forward Paulo Dybala and have no made little progress on signing Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso.
Pochettino said: “I am not in charge of this. I know nothing about the situation of my players, I am only coaching them, trying to get the best from them.
“This type of things, that are going to happen or not happen, sell or buy players,extend contracts or not extend contracts – it’s not in my hands, it’s in the club’s hands and in Daniel Levy’s hands.
“At the moment, I am just managing the team in the best way possible.”
Harry Kane decided the game with a cool finish, his second goal in three matches.
The England captain was denied a second by a fine save from Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas who also saved from Son Heung Min and Ndombele.
Pochettino added: “I think Keylor Navas is one of the best keepers in the world, and showed again today with his great performance that saved Real Madrid [from] conceding more goals.
“Our option is to start the season in a very good dynamic and try to start to win. That is why we are happy, because our dynamic from the beginning of pre-season, I think we are playing well.”
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane said: “What can I tell the fans? Just give me a chance to prove them wrong. We’re not ready yet, we do have some problems with some injuries, but we have to look to the future, we want to win a game, that’s our next goal.”