Teddy Sheringham sees no reason why Harry Kane or Dele Alli should leave Tottenham claiming Mauricio Pochettino has assembled an elite squad for the future.
Spurs lie four points behind leaders Chelsea in the race for the Premier League title after another season of progress under the Argentine manager.
However, such has been their success the long-term prospects of their leading lights has also attracted debate and speculation.
Kane’s 21 league goals have placed him among Europe’s leading young marksmen while Alli has scored 17 in the Premier League and added five assists, at the age of 21.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted last week that Tottenham would struggle to hold onto their prized assets unless they can match the sort of salaries offered by England’s highest-spending clubs like Manchester United and Manchester City.
But Sheringham, who left White Hart Lane to sign for United in 1997, said: “There’s no reason for them to go.
“When I left to go to Manchester United, the club wasn’t in the same position they are in now.
“They are challenging for honours, building a new stadium, have a fantastic manager. They are looking to progress, why would you want to go anywhere else?
“They are playing for one of the top three, four, five clubs in the country. The club is on the up, everyone is on the up in the club, there’s no reason to go anywhere else.
“They seem quite happy where they are.”
The highest final league position achieved while Sheringham was a Tottenham player was seventh in the 1994/95 season and the concept of being title-challengers seemed a long-way off.
A run of nine-straight wins has this impressive Spurs side breathing down the necks of Chelsea with four matches remaining, albeit with the Blues enjoying a very comfortable run-in of Middlesbrough, Watford and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge and West Brom away.
Sheringham admits Chelsea’s consistency means the gap is too great for his former club to breach and they may have to make do with a runner-up finish.
Speaking at an IJF coaching clinic at Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex in Dubai on Monday night, Sheringham added: “I said about two months ago – when it was a 10 point deficit at that point – that they would run them close, that the gap will diminish, but I just think Chelsea have too much.
“They’ve got it down to four points, could get it to two, but they are just looking too solid. They’ve had that sticky patch where they’ve lost by a few points. Now they are back on track. I see them riding it out really.”