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Poch not put off South American stars
12:00pm Friday 27th September 2013 in Sport
Mauricio Pochettino insists he will not be put off recruiting players from South America despite the pressure international football places upon them.
Saints have struggled to get Gaston Ramirez involved so far this season after his Confederations Cup adventure for Uruguay.
Both he and Japanese defender Maya Yoshida are regularly making trips halfway around the world during international breaks and only returning a day before a league game.
Pochettino’s assistant, Jesus Perez, admitted after Ramirez scored against Bristol City in midweek that the player is receiving extra training to try and get him up to speed after missing much of pre-season due to international commitments.
But Pochettino isn’t put off dipping into the South American or Asian market again.
He said: “It’s not something that I consider – not signing a player because he has to travel a long way to his national side. We just sign good players.
“Of course there needs to be an equilibrium in all squads. You cannot sign five Argentinian players, five Brazilian players or five Uruguayan players, there has to be a balance.
“With the signings that we made the one who has to travel the furthest is Victor Wanyama who has to go to Kenya. Lovren plays in Europe and Osvaldo plays for the Italian national side so they are fairly close.”
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