Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Gary Neville believes Tottenham Hotspur are unlikely to compete with Liverpool and Manchester City for the Premier League title despite impressing during the first half of the season. The north London side went through a tough summer where they failed to secure a single signing but that has not hampered their performances on the field with just six points separating them from the top position.
Despite this, Neville does not feel that Spurs have the credentials to challenge Liverpool and City for the English crown, given they don’t have the necessary depth within the squad unlike their counterparts, he said: “No, I don’t think so. That’s not being disrespectful to Tottenham, I don’t think they’ve got the depth and the quality of these two squads. They are a fantastic team, but they’re not at the level we’ve seen from these two tonight.”
Belgium international Jan Vertonghen has
revealed his ambition to sign a new long-term contract with Tottenham Hotspur.
The 31-year-old is currently the longest serving continuous member of the Spurs
squad and speaking to Evening Standard, he has admitted his desire to remain
with the north London club beyond the summer of 2020.
Speaking to the publication, he said:“I’ve
got a contract until 2020 – there’s an option and Tottenham will take that option.
So I’ve got a year and a half left and then we’ll see. The way I feel now, I’ve
got at least four to five good years left in the tank. There are no talks, but
that’s something to discuss. At the moment I feel great at Tottenham. It’s a
club with unbelievable potential – not just the players but everything around
it. Everyone wants to be part of it.”
Vertonghen had approached the final year of
his Spurs contract during the summer but the club managed to extend his stay by
another 12 months after triggering the extension clause available. Nonetheless,
the defender appears keen on committing to another long-term contract with a
view to potentially seeing out the remainder of his career with the Capital
Meanwhile, Vertonghen’s compatriot Toby Alderweireld does not seem to hold the same ambition after already snubbing a £120,000-a-week contract with the club. The Belgium international has demanded a £200,000-a-week deal, which Spurs remain reluctant to offer, and this may probably witness his departure in either January or at the end of the season.
Like Vertonghen, Spurs are understood to have triggered a 12-month option on Alderweireld’s contract but they face the prospect of losing him at a lesser price, should he stay put beyond the current campaign. The Belgian’s present deal has a £25m release clause which would become activate during the final two weeks of next summer’s transfer window.
England head coach Gareth Southgate has hailed Harry Kane as the best goalscorer in the world after the marksman changed the tide of the Nations League game against Croatia. The Three Lions had gone into the game needing a win to secure their finals berth but they found themselves after going 1-0 down right before the hour mark.
However, Kane spearheaded the revival by contributing towards Jesse Lingard’s leveller before scoring bagging the match-winning four minutes from the end of normal time. Speaking after the game, Southgate hailed Kane as the world’s best goalscorer whilst highlighting that he remains essential to the makeup of the team irrespective of the recent seven-match goal drought which ended.
England international Dele Alli has penned a new long-term deal to keep him at Tottenham Hotspur until the summer of 2024. The 22-year-old has been one of Spurs’ most consistent players over the past three seasons and his performances have convinced the board to prolong his stay until the end of 2023/24 campaign.
Shortly after signing the contract, Alli posted an Instagram post which read: “Delighted to have signed a new contract until 2024. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone at the club – chairman, manager, all my team-mates and the fans for their constant support. I’ve loved my time at Spurs so far and I’m very excited to see what the future holds!”
Belgium international Toby Alderweireld has said that he is content with his stay with Tottenham Hotspur despite his contract expiring at the end of the season. The versatile defender has been in a contract standoff with the north London club over the past year but this has however not hampered his performances on the playing field.
Speaking in a news conference, Alderweireld stressed that he is clearly happy with the proceedings with Spurs and he is not looking too far into the future, he said: “Honestly, I am absolutely not thinking about it at the moment. I feel good, play a lot right now and, therefore, am happy. We shall see.”
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.”
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.”