Roda JC director confirms agreement struck with Spurs in 2015 has fallen apart, talks could resume

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Roda JC's partnership with Tottenham Hotspur appears to have fallen apart.

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Roda JC technical director Ton Caanen has told Voetbal International that their agreement with Tottenham was 'doomed to fail' under former manager Darije Kalezic.

A number of Premier League clubs have struck up agreements with Dutch clubs in recent years, with the plan to loan young players for experience in the Eredivisie.

General View of the Parkstad Limburg Stadium , Home of Roda J.C.General View of the Parkstad Limburg Stadium , Home of Roda J.C.

Chelsea famously have a strong link with Vitesse Arnhem, West Ham struck a deal with VVV Venlo last season, whilst Manchester City have sent a number of players to FC Twente of late.

Last summer, Voetbal International confirmed that Roda JC had agreed a partnership with Tottenham Hotspur, with Mauricio Pochettino's men able to loan players out to the Dutch side.

Kyle Walker-Peters in action for EnglandKyle Walker-Peters in action for England

However, over a year since that deal was signed, no players have moved from North London to Kerkrade. Sky Sports reported in January that right back Kyle Walker-Peters was close to a joining Roda on loan, but the move was never completed.

Now, with many baffled by the alleged agreement between the two clubs, Roda's technical director Ton Caanen has been asked about the situation by Voetbal International.

Caanen stated that Tottenham were unsure whether their players would feature under Roda's former boss Darije Kalezic, who left the club this past summer.

Ton Caanan (R) with Jordi CruyffTon Caanan (R) with Jordi Cruyff

Yet, even with Yannis Anastasiou arriving as their new boss, the agreement again remains on hold – and Caanen claims that he is still in contact with Spurs, and suggested that talks over a partnership could resume.

"The fact is that a collaboration with Tottenham was doomed to failure," said Caanen. "The people of Tottenham felt no click and wondered if their players would play for us and develop."

"I still have frequent contact with the people of Tottenham. We now need to proceed carefully. Before we possibly resume the talks we must now internally decide what we want first,” he added.

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