Tottenham Hotspur latest: Including more Villa intrigue and Holtby

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Tottenham are one game away from the end of the season, and finding out their fate regarding Champions League qualification. They need to beat Sunderland at home on Sunday and hope Arsenal drop points away to Newcastle. We have taken a look today at five key Newcastle players who can save Tottenham's season.

Andre Villas-Boas is keen at least that Tottenham can do their part, which would see the the registering of a Premier League club points record, as it would take them to 72. A draw would see them equal the previous best of 70 achieved in 2009/10.

The manager added: "We have to win and it’s not that straight forward. The ingredients of the game are dangerous. We have to be aware. We have to focus on our task. The determination is there. We’ll focus on our job, that’s most important and we’ll see what happens after that."

Sunderland boss Paolo di Canio has stated his intention to win the game or at least draw, to 'thank Arsenal' for beating Wigan in midweek and ensuring his own club's safety from relegation.

Gareth Bale has won another award, this time the Barclays Player of the Season, completing a treble of major awards and quadruple counting the PFA Young Player trophy. The award was won last year by Manchester City's Vincent Kompany.

Two Tottenham players have been called up into the England under-20 World Cup squad for this summer's tournament in Turkey, Alex Pritchard and Harry Kane.

Meanwhile Lewis Holtby could have his summer's rest interrupted after being named in the provisional German under-21 squad for the upcoming under-21 European Championships in June.

AVB has revealed he expects Chelsea to be the favourites for next season's Premier League title, based on the fact they plan to strengthen, the managerial changes in Manchester, and the Jose Mourinho factor, although he was very careful not to mention his name.

In transfer news Andre Villas-Boas has confessed his admiration for Spanish striker David Villa, in light of reports he is close to sealing a deal for the striker.

He said: "He is one of the world's best strikers, what comes out of speculation at this time at Tottenham is very surreal because you know the club is very active in the last weeks of the transfer window, so you can see that speculation is growing - but at the moment we are focused on trying to get fourth spot."

However he laughed off suggestions linking Spurs with Croatian midfielder Ante Rebic, stating: "I have no idea who this player is, I'm sorry. I don't know where this news has come form, not out of disrespect to the player but he's not someone I'm looking at." 

Intriguingly there was no such denial regarding David Villa, in fact it even appeared he was trying to evade the question rather than answer it directly.

Spurs have also been linked with Porto winger Christian Atsu, and news has emerged today that a 'mystery bid' has been received for the Ghanaian. Atsu was handed his debut by AVB in Portugal. 

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