Tottenham latest: Midfielder may leave permanently, defender eyes summer return

A selection of the latest stories involving Tottenham Hotspur this Thursday evening.

Lewis Holtby may not be returning to Tottenham in the summer according to the London Evening Standard, as they report the midfielder, who is currently on loan at Fulham, is looking for a move back to Germany.

Head Coach Tim Sherwood is thought to be willing to let Holtby leave the club, but if a new coach were to arrive in the summer, Holtby would be prepared to honour his contract at White Hart Lane.

One man who is looking to return to Spurs is Benoit Assou-Ekotto, who has spent this season on loan at Championship side Queens Park Rangers.

The 30-year-old defender is quoted in the Evening Standard, saying: “I have one more year on my contract with Tottenham.

“As many people know, Tottenham are a good club and if I can finish my contract there, cool. If people don’t want me there, then I will have to find another club. But my first target is to stay at Tottenham.”

Gylfi Sigurdsson has said that this season will be a disappointment for Tottenham if they don’t finish inside the top four.

Spurs currently sit sixth, seven points off fourth placed Arsenal with seven games remaining, and Sigurdsson doesn’t see any reason why continuity couldn’t help for next season.

He’s quoted in the Evening Standard, saying: “It will be a disappointment if we don’t finish higher than fifth. We brought a lot of players in last summer and we know it’s going to take time.

“It depends on some of the players coming in – some of them just fit in straight away, some need a few months or a season just to get used to English football. That’s life. If we can finish in the top four, it will be fantastic.”

Midfielder Paulinho is looking ahead to Sunday’s trip to Anfield, and has told the Tottenham website that the players should forget about the game earlier on in the season where the side was beaten 5-0 by Liverpool, and the Brazilian was sent off.

He said: “We have to forget about that game. We have a chance to go there, play well and hopefully come back with a good result. We know it will be difficult, but we have a chance.

“We have seven games to go, we’re trying to finish as high as possible and we have to try to win this game.”

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