News and gossip from Tottenham Hotspur in the past 24 hours.
Tottenham have once more been linked with Isco, after previously rumoured to be interested in a move for the highly-rated Malaga striker. With a £16million buy-out clause and four years left on his contract at the Spanish side, his impressive Champions League debut against Zenit St Petersburg in which he scored twice put him back on Spurs’ radar. Liverpool are also rumoured to be interested in the attacker, but will be hoping cash-strapped Malaga will succumb to lower offers for the player as early as January.
Last week Roma general manager Franco Baldini was linked with a technical director role at Tottenham, with Andre Villas-Boas highly interested in securing him as part of a new-look backroom set-up. However, Baldini has distanced himself from the role, and will instead fulfil his “obligations” he has at Roma.
The role would be re-introduced after a four year absence, with Damien Comolli’s dismissal in 2008 signalling the end to the position. However, since his arrival at the club, Villas-Boas and chairman Daniel Levy have expressed a desire in re-inventing this role, and targeted Baldini as the man to occupy it.
Centre-back Jan Vertonghen is already relishing a summer break after playing his first month of Premier League football for his new club. Having earned plaudits for his performances after just five top-flight games, the centre-half has entered a level of football that has already left him feeling the effects.
Vertonghen, who won the man of the match award during Spurs’ 2-1 victory against QPR on Sunday, said: “It’s a great ambience – it’s just a shame that we have to struggle in every game until the last minute.
“I think at the end of the year I’ll need a good vacation. But I love it here, the atmosphere is amazing. These are the best players in the world and we have an amazing team so I’m very happy I’ve made this decision [to sign].”
Brad Friedel’s strong performance this weekend was a blow for Hugo Lloris, who is vying for the No. 1 jersey under Andre Villas-Boas. However, after Friedel put in an impressive shift in goal on Sunday, AVB was under no illusions who his first choice, at least for now, is.
Villas-Boas said: “We’ve made Hugo alert that whenever Brad has a bad game we won’t pull a change. We don’t bow to Hugo’s dimension and talent - that is never in our minds.
“Hugo is an extremely good professional. He is competing with Brad for the position but he will have his chance very soon.”
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