Liverpool defender Joel Matip is confident that the Reds can beat Tottenham Hotspur in next month’s Champions League final in Madrid. The Merseyside outfit reached the competition’s final after their stunning comeback triumph over Barcelona and they are now regarded as the favourites to secure a sixth Champions League crown.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Matip acknowledged that he did not experience the best of starts to the season after sustaining an injury during the pre-season tour. He added that he is pleased to make a major contribution during the backend of the campaign and is confident that the Reds will come up triumphs against Spurs on June 1.
Arsenal legend-turned-pundit Ian Wright is surprised by the fact that Heung-min Son has not been linked with any high-profile European clubs across Europe. The South Korea international has transformed into a top performer for Tottenham Hotspur and of late, he has taken over the scoring mantle in the absence of the injured Harry Kane.
Speaking on BBC 5 Live Sport, Wright said that he would have loved the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli to feature alongside Son against Borussia Dortmund, though that won’t be the case. He added that the Asian superstar should be worth at least £70million on current form and he is surprised that none of the elite European clubs have made an approach for him.
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 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.”
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.
Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has denied suggestions that the club are close to securing the services of Bordeaux winger Malcom. A recent report from GloboEsporte suggested that Spurs have jumped ahead of rivals Arsenal in the player’s pursuit and a £44m could be finalised before the end of the month.
However, following Spurs’ 1-1 draw versus Southampton, Pochettino stressed that the club are not keen on the Brazilian footballer, but the club are open to the possibility of recruiting a ‘good quality player’ before the close of winter transfer window.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has reiterated that Harry Kane is one of the world’s best strikers after he found the scoresheet in the north London derby win over Arsenal last weekend. The England international had multiple chances to score versus the Gunners, but ultimately had to settle for a solitary goal which was sufficient to help Spurs to three points.
Speaking after the game, Pochettino was full of praise for the 24-year-old, who he regards as the present and future of Spurs. He said: “In the last three years I am repeating that he is one of the best strikers in the world. Sometimes you believe that it’s because he’s my player and I try to praise him. But I’m telling you and I tell you again, from my experience in football, he’s one of the best. And he deserves that. He is the present and the future. It is amazing what he is achieving. We are so proud that he is in our side.”
Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino has challenged his squad to dominate Real Madrid during Tuesday’s Champions League outing from the Bernabeu. Spurs travel to the Spanish capital in good form having beaten both Borussia Dortmund and APOEL in convincing fashion on Group H.
However, their likely is likely to be stiffer on Tuesday as they take on back-to-back Champions League winners Real Madrid on the road. Despite the odds stacked against them, Pochettino has insisted that Spurs will stick to their attacking approach in the search for a potential upset.