Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has insisted he has no say over the transfer market amid talk of Dele Alli leaving the club.
Mourinho left Alli out of his side to face Southampton on Sunday once again as they claimed a convincing 5-2 win.
The England midfielder was also left at home for the Europa League win at Lokomotiv Plovdiv on Sunday, and was substituted off at half-time against Everton the week before.
Alli is now being linked with a move to PSG, and was reportedly even considered as a makeweight in a deal with Real Madrid for Gareth Bale.
However, having frozen Alli out of his team, Mourinho insisted that he had no say over whether the player is sold or not.
“I’m not responsible for the market. I'm not able to answer your question on that,” he said.
“I can only say I left eight players behind training. They are a big group and Dele was among this group. The same way a squad is a puzzle and in the same way so is the bench.
“I cannot have three wingers and a number 10 and then no defender. Dele stayed out but probably Tuesday he will play.”
Mourinho was then asked if he wanted to keep Alli, to which he responded: “I want a balanced squad. Yes, he doesn't have to be sacrificed.”
The Portuguese also told BBC Sport that he was struggling to find space for him in his squad.
“It’s too many [people in the squad],” Mourinho added. “When you bring 18 players you leave eight players behind. Not easy for Dele or any of them. Of course [he is still part of Spurs’ plans].”
Speaking more generally about the game, he said: “We didn’t start bad at all. In the first 10 or 15 minutes we were good. After that we lost control.
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“In the centre of our defensive area, we were a bit sloppy. We lost some duels. They got the ball behind us too easy. I was on the bench and thinking I would be happy to get in at 1-0.
“The goal gave us a different position in the game. In the second half, Harry Kane killed the game, the way he connected the game, the way he was dropping, he allowed Son Heung-min into attacking spaces. His performance was amazing.
“In the second half we were too good for them.”