"We believe a lot in our players".
"It is so hard now, only four hours to the end [of the transfer window]", he said.
The Germany global was on a list of names that Mourinho gave to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward during the summer transfer window, but talks for Boateng never materialised until recently as the club were hopeful of landing one of their other targets.
"The players who replaced others did not perform at a good level and, when individuals do that, it is hard for the team to play well", he said after the game against Chris Hughton's side.
"Of course it's hard to understand for people in football that Tottenham didn't sign or sell players, but sometimes in football you need to behave differently", he said.
World Cup victor Hugo Lloris and Belgium internationals Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld were also playing at Russian Federation 2018 only a month ago.
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Salman continued, "Whatever it is, her wedding, Hollywood film or the fact that she does not want to work with me, it's her reason".
"I can understand there is some speculation because we have good players and they are interesting for some other teams".
"There were many rumours during the summer, about players out".
"Newcastle of course in this period have an advantage to us in their preparation with the whole squad, but that is not a reason to complain". I am really, really, really, really, really happy.
"Sure, we are going to be better, no doubt about that".
"It is hard to understand for people in football that Tottenham didn't sign or didn't sell players but sometimes in football you need to behave differently". Some players will be fit to start the game, some will be fit to be on the bench.