Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has promised that even if his side do not win the title, they are here to stay.
The 1-1 draw with Liverpool and Leicester's 1-0 win over Southampton may have all but ended Spurs' title hopes this time around, but Pochettino is convinced that next season, he and his players can go one step further.
Spurs improving all the time
"When you compare Tottenham with big sides, people can see our approach is for the long term...we are only going to get better", Pochettino told The Guardian.
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He is expected to make just a couple of signings to strengthen the squad this summer, but the main focus is on developing the players already at the club even further.
Until Spurs are mathematically out of the title race, they are refusing to give up, even if Leicester need just four wins out of their last six games to secure a first league win in their history.
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Pochettino already thinking ahead
However, Pochettino's talk of the future does suggest he is not convinced that his side can still overtake the Foxes. It appears he is now seeking consolation in the progress Spurs have made this season.
Pochettino can find comfort, too, in the knowledge that while for Claudio Ranieri's side, this is likely to be their only shot, Spurs have the resources and long-term plan to ensure they are in the mix not only next season but for years to come. The challenge is to avoid becoming a one-season wonder.
What is even more promising for the club's supporters is that these do not sound like the musings of a man with his eye on the Manchester United job. The Argentine consistently refers to the project he is building at White Hart Lane, and with the youngest squad in the league, there is no reason why he should jeopardise that for the demands that come with a place in the Old Trafford hot seat.
Boom and bust
Pochettino will undoubtedly be aware that he is a key component of Spurs' success. If they are to finally put an end to the years of boom and bust at White Hart Lane, they need to keep hold of the boss, as well as their key players.
It has typically been the departure of their star men that has limited Spurs, rather than managers, as they have usually relieved them of their duties themselves long before they have had a chance to leave.
Now, the mantra is stability. Pochettino's vision suggests he is in it for the long-haul. If that proves to be the case, Tottenham fans can certainly hope for an exciting future.
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