TOTTENHAM chief Mauricio Pochettino has told his wantaway stars: Get your heads straight – or rot on the bench.
Spurs could lose up to four stars whose contracts end this summer.
Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Erik Lamela can all move for nothing next year.
England left-back Danny Rose has a slightly longer deal, but wants a move back to the north of England where he is from.
He was given dispensation to miss the Audi Cup last summer to tie up a move, but no transfer materialised.
Poch has left Eriksen, 27, and Vertonghen out for matches this season as he has grown frustrated at their focus with speculation linking them with moves.
Alderweireld was also left out for matches last season as the Argentine tried to convince him to sign.
The Spurs boss was thought to be unhappy with the condition of Belgium defender Vertonghen, 32, after the summer break.
But both Vertonghan and Eriksen, reportedly offered a new £60m deal, returned to the line-up and starred in the 2-2 draw at rivals Arsenal a fortnight ago.
Poch held a one-hour summit with his stars this week ahead of today’s clash with London rivals Crystal Palace.
He admitted it had been his most difficult summer in his five-year tenure at Spurs.
But the continental transfer window shut on September 2, so the Tottenham chief hopes his stars can now focus on getting the club back into the top four.
However, he knows the rumours will start again getting closer to the January window.
He said: “It’s not easy, when it’s one player who wants to leave, okay, but when it’s a few players, who start to make it difficult to create a good dynamic, a positive dynamic, but now it’s to be positive.
“No-one is guaranteed a place 100 per cent in our starting eleven.
“In one month I think it will start again with the rumours, for sure, because the situation of the squad is going to help those rumours appear.
“Christian is in my plans. When you sign the contract, like Christian who signed for five or six years, you need to be committed from day one to the last day.
“The difference is whether he wants to extend the contract or not. Different players have different goals.
“No one is going to say: ‘I want to leave the club’ and, if no one wants you, then you say: ‘No, I love the club.’ You kill yourself then.
“The reality is that managers, players, coaching staff – sometimes they have one year left and they are happy; others need a different challenge.”
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“Now they are going to have the same possibility as another player to play.
“Now we need to start to win games. That is our objective. Be refocused and who is not refocused is going to be out.”
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