Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino did not give much away when asked if Christian Eriksen had played his last game for the club.
Eriksen has been linked with a move away from Spurs all summer with La Liga giants Real Madrid and Serie A side Juventus believed to be keen on the Dane.
Eriksen was used as a substitute as Tottenham were beaten 1-0 by Newcastle on Sunday.
And following the match, Pochettino was asked whether he believes Eriksen has played his last game for Spurs with the European transfer window remaining open until September 2.
“I don’t know,” Pochettino responded. “I don’t know. Why you ask me? Maybe you know something.
“It’s so difficult, the situation. We cannot blame one party or another. That is the situation, the circumstances.
“We arrive today with different players and different situations in the squad but I don’t want to justify our performance because of that.
“I want to make clear the point. When you play football and are on the pitch you don’t think about these situations.
“Of course the problem is during the week, when you arrive at the competition maybe it can affect but I think we should with a bit more today be winning.
“This type of stuff happens in the Premier League and that’s why you not only need quality players, you need a very good dynamic, and strong team bond and at the moment that situation in our group is still far far away from what we expect.”
And Pochettino believes he made the right decision not to start Eriksen against Newcastle despite the defeat.
The Argentine added: “No, I cannot pick more than 11 players. A decision like that when you have plenty of players, but I understand a question like that.
“Should the result be 3-0 or 4-0 you’re not going to ask me that question but of course I accept it.
“The players who are out are always good when you don’t win.”