Mauricio Pochettino did not see the amusing side of Danny Rose's suggestion that he has had to "Google" some of Tottenham's signings, and the manager claimed he has no say in what the left-back and his teammates are paid.
The 25-year-old said: "I'm really excited".
Tottenham are the only side from the Premier League's top six last season who have not made additions in the transfer market but Pochettino remains confident of the capabilities of a team who stormed to a second-place finish last time around.
But Pochettino said he himself had been considered an unknown when he arrived at Southampton in 2013 and also cited the rises of Spurs pair Eric Dier and Dele Alli and Chelsea's N'Golo Kante. Or Dele Alli who was in League One or Kante.
Rose apologised for his comments on Friday, releasing a statement that was timed before Mauricio Pochettino's press conference with the player offering contrition for what he deemed "ill-judged" words. That situation killed me!
Rose's sentiment has reportedly been backed by other members of the Spurs' squad, who feel that they too should be paid more than Levy's strict wage structure allows.
"I know Danny Rose". No, no, no. I'm exhausted. I'm just not buying the idea that we don't need anyone.
"You need to understand that Rose gave his opinion", Pochettino said.
"Sometime as a player you are frustrated for different reasons".
"I said before and I am not hiding anything, I'm not happy...but I know we are in this position and we will try to improve until the end of the transfer window, with the players that we can get".
"I'm relaxed because when you see the team and players they are so focused", he added.
"The fact of the matter is, Danny Rose can ask to leave the football club - there's no problem with that and it's happened historically in the game - but the way in which you go about it in a respectful manner is important, I think. With the players we have we can compete in a very good way".
"I think the team are very united". You reflect upon people's character by what they do and how they behave. "[Arsene] Wenger has the capacity to decide to give contracts and do whatever he wants to do as he's been there 22 or 23 years".