Belgium international Toby Alderweireld has stressed that he never sought a summer exit from Tottenham Hotspur unlike claimed in the media. The central defender had managed just 14 league appearances last term after he played second fiddle to Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez and this led to claims that he could pursue a fresh challenge elsewhere.
Thereafter, Manchester United were heavily tipped to sign him during the summer transfer window but ultimately a deal never materialised with reports suggesting that the Red Devils had failed to match Spurs’ £70m asking price. Amidst this, Alderweireld has now indicated a summer departure from Spurs was never on the cards, he said:
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has insisted that Harry Kane is match-fit despite a shortened break following the summer World Cup. The England international was one of the standout performers for the Three Lions in Russia but he showed signs of fatigue, which hampered his performancestowards the end of the tournament.
Despite this, Kane returned early from the mandatory three-week break to start the league opener against Newcastle United and though he did not score, Pochettino has stressed that the striker is ready for the ongoing campaign, he said: “For me all are fit. We put in our mind that all are fit, you cannot tell some player ‘you’re not fit’. For me he is match ready, all the players are fit to play and start the game, but they need time to be at their best.”
Much has been made of Spurs’ failure to invest in this summer’s transfer window, and unsurprisingly so. The eye-catching statistic is how Tottenham have become the first club not to spend any money in the summer transfer window since its introduction in 2003, with The Independent suggesting that the club have broken this record for all of the wrong reasons. Yet how many clubs in that time have spent money erroneously at the expense of their current squad? It is easy to throw around criticisms of a failure to invest, but Spurs have not only retained their key players but have enhanced the team spirit that could be the deciding factor in a tight title race.
Of course, if Spurs are to earn their first Premier League title then they will have to usurp Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s side have not significantly strengthened in the transfer window, with Riyad Mahrez a talented arrival who may end up playing at the expense of last season’s breakout star Leroy Sane. City perhaps didn’t need to strengthen, such was the gulf in quality in the last campaign. When City are in form, there is little anyone can do to stop them. But they will not be imperious forever, and it will be up to a challenger to be ready to pounce. Continue reading
Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has warned Tottenham Hotspur that they would have to pay up a significant fee, if they are to lure midfielder Jack Grealish from Villa Park this summer. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has been reluctant to make an offer for the 22-year-old with a view to driving the price down but the move appears to have now backfired.
On Friday, Mega-rich duo NassefSawiris and Wes Edensacquired 50 per cent ownership of Villa, and though the club still have to comply with the Financial Fair Play,they could do so on their own terms. As such, Bruce has stressed that the club are not desperate to offload Grealish without his asking price being met.
Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen has admitted that he was surprised with the performances of Davinson Sanchez during the previous campaign despite having prior knowledge over the Colombian’s qualities on the playing field. The 21-year-old became Spurs’ club-record signing after he joined from Ajax last summer and he formed a strong partnership with Vertonghen through the previous campaign.
Speaking after Sanchez, Vertonghen said: “When the rumours were there [about him joining] I spoke to a couple of people at Ajax that I know there and they were very positive about him, a great guy and a great player. So when he arrived I knew a bit what to expect but even then he surprised me a lot. I still remember his debut, I think it was away at Everton, how well he did, how impressive he was. No doubt, no nerves, just like he started playing and he had the same level over the season and it was an unbelievable level. It’s a big compliment to him.”
Tottenham Hotspur left-back Ben Davies has expressed his pleasure after Mauricio Pochettino signed a new five-year deal with the north London club. The Argentine’s future had been rated doubtful following Spurs’ failure to win a trophy last season but he has now extended his stay until the summer of 2023.
Speaking to BBC Sport Wales, Davies was pleased with the work done by the Argentine head coach and he is hoping that Spurs can now reach the next level by winning trophies, he said: “Yeah, I can understand what he’s saying. Now it’s all about trying to reach that next level and, as players, we want to do the same.That’s great news for us as a club and it’s fantastic to see him staying on. He’s been amazing to work under and it’s nice to see that continue.”
England international Harry Kane has reportedly penned a six-year contract with Tottenham Hotspur. The 24-year-old has been frequently linked with a potential move to Real Madrid but the latest extension should end the striker’s prospects of joining the European champions for next few years at the least.
Speaking about the fresh contract, Kane said: “I’m really excited, it’s a proud day. Obviously it’s been a great few seasons and I’m looking forward to the future. I’m looking forward to the new stadium first and foremost and just to keep progressing as a Club. It’s been fantastic to consistently get in the Champions League so I’m really excited to have another go at that and with the Premier League and FA Cup, we’ll look to go as far as we can. For us as a Club, it’s just about keeping improving and we’ll work hard to do that.”
At the 2010 World Cup there were four Tottenham players in the form of Jermaine Defoe, Peter Crouch, Aaron Lennon and Ledley King. The 2012 Euros saw two Spurs players and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil featured exactly zero.
The rise in influence on the England team since has been noticeable with Mauricio Pochettino providing a platform for young talent to shine. In the European Championships of 2016 and this World Cup in Russia there have been five Spurs players in the final 23 man squad but negative stereotypes have come out of the North London club punching well above their financial weight. Continue reading
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes the club’s top-four finish is a massive achievement ahead of their switch to the new stadium next term. The north London outfit began their campaign in a relatively slow fashion at their temporary home in Wembley but they have eventually managed to cement a Champions League spot.
Speaking after the moment, Pochettino said: “It was a real quality season for the group to achieve the top four — a massive achievement. For the club it’s a massive thing to move into the new stadium and play in the Champions League. It will be another massive challenge (at the new stadium) — the same as playing at Wembley. (But) this group of players now have the experience to make the new stadium feel like home.” Continue reading
ESPN Pundit Paul Mariner feels Tottenham Hotspur should make an approach to sign Layvin Kurzawa from Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season. The left-sided player has been touted for an exit from Parc des Princes this summer with Spurs deemed as one of the top sides interested in his signature.
Speaking on ESPN FC, Mariner believes Spurs need to improve the overall depth of their squad, if they are to offer a strong challenge for the Premier League next season. He added to recommend the signing of Kurzawa, who is capable of playing anywhere on the left side of the pitch, he said: “I think what we’ve found with Tottenham is, when we start talking about depth, everybody’s panicking when Harry Kane goes down.