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Exclusive Interview with Times journalist Henry Winter on Alli, Kane and Gareth Bale

Aston Villa v Wycombe Wanderers - The Emirates FA Cup Third RoundThe Times’ Chief football writer Henry Winter believes Harry Kane and Dele Alli would favour remaining at Tottenham Hotspur over a move to Manchester United. 

Speaking to me at an event with The Times in London, Winter said that he believes Alli and Kane understand that Spurs are on the verge of something special.

“I think it’s the wrong time to leave Tottenham Hotspur,” Winter admitted.

He continued: “they have a fantastic manager who they really respect and fear.

“Speaking to Spurs and Southampton players, training is unbelievable, so intense and sometimes they say that matches are almost a relief!”

“They (Kane and Alli) can probably double their money if went United, something Levy has to look at. Spurs have got more television money coming in next season and the stadium to build.” 

But Winter believes that Spurs are the place to be for these young players, and understands that they don’t want to leave the club.

“I think now is not the time to leave Tottenham,” the Chief football writer stated.

Winter followed: “they have a good hungry young team, and have a huge blow with the centre-back (Vertonghen) injured. They have a great goalkeeper and overall very good players. 

“You see with all the banter between Alli and Dier that there is a spark and camaraderie at the club. 

“They’re young players and can play for United in 5-6 years time, should they choose to.” 

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Winter, who joined The Times after 21 years with The Daily Telegraph back in November, was crowned Football Writer of the Year for 2015. 

The established journalist also spoke to me at length about Gareth Bale, and revealed he believes the former Spurs star could return to White Hart Lane one day.

“I think they’ll have a go, yeah,” Winter replied to my question if Spurs will try and re-sign the winger.

“Gareth Bale has the sort of personality where he will fit back in immediately. Even though he is a superstar, he’s won the European Cup, and is on all this money.

“You talk to people around Bale and you don’t get the impression that he’s in a hurry to leave what is still the biggest club in the world.”

Winter continued: “clauses are clauses, there are a lot of lawyers around. Although Levy is strong, if Manchester United came calling, I still don’t think he’ll leave.

“If it was a straight choice between United and Spurs, United would offer more money, he might go there. But if United are not going to be in the Champions League, he’s a player who wants to play at the highest level, and Spurs will be in the Champions League next season.”

I wish to thank Henry for his time and congratulate him on his move to The Times. 


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Former Tottenham Hotspur hero: ‘Gareth Bale isn’t on Ronaldo and Messi level’

Football - Tottenham Hotspur Training - Spurs Lodge - 24/8/11 Tottenham Hotspur's Rafael van der Vaart during training Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Jed Leicester LivepicFormer Tottenham star Rafael van der Vaart has admitted he was surprised that former team-mate Gareth Bale joined European giants Real Madrid.

Speaking to FourFourTwo about the current Premier League season, van der Vaart told reporters that Bale is not on the same level of those he is often compared to.

“I never thought Bale would end up playing at Madrid,” Van der Vaart remarked.

Joining the North London club in 2010, the former Dutch international played alongside Bale under Harry Redknapp, enjoying great success in the Champions League, reaching the quarter-final stage.

The Ajax graduate has spoken before about his admiration of the Welsh star, although admits he has a long way to go before he reaches the level of the game’s two greats.

Van der Vaart continued: “Bale isn’t like [Cristiano] Ronaldo or [Lionel] Messi; that’s another level.”

Bale’s Wales face Van Der Vaart’s homeland Holland this Friday in an international friendly. 

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Mauricio Pochettino CONFIRMS Hugo Lloris will stay at Tottenham Hotspur this summer

Hugo+Lloris+Tottenham+Hotspur+v+Sunderland+QrjWQyAsZF8lMauricio Pochettino confirmed after Tottenham’s 1-0 victory over Sydney FC that goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will stay at the club this summer.

Lifting two trophies for the club this week, Lloris has been the centre of attention in the media with clubs such as Manchester United reportedly chasing the Frenchman.

But the Spurs boss put to bed these rumours, saying that the goalkeeper is happy at the club.

Pochettino told reporters: “There have been a lot of rumours, but Hugo wants to stay with us and we are happy with him too.”

The Argentine continued to say: “He (Hugo) is happy and everything else is just rumour.”

With Andre Villas-Boas expressing similar remarks before the inevitable departure of Gareth Bale in 2013, Spurs fans will be hoping that Pochettino and Levy are true to their word this time around.


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MATCH REVIEW – Everton 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur

CFx1t10WEAAQ7c0Tottenham bowed out of the Premier League for another season with victory over Everton at Goodison Park.

The win meant that Mauricio Pochettino’s side finished fifth in the Premier League, securing Europa League football for another season.

Mousa Dembèlè made his first start for the club since the 2-2 draw with West Ham United back in February, whilst Joshua Onomah and Harry Winks started on the bench at Goodison. Aaron Lennon was ineligible to play for the Toffees against his parent club.

Spurs kicked off an enjoyable first half performance with a goal on the 24th minute. Eric Dier produced a delightful cross, to which Harry Kane headed into the back of the net.

The goal put Kane up to 21 Premier League goals for the season, and 31 overall for Tottenham Hotspur. The youngster equalled Teddy Sheringham and Gareth Bale’s record for league goals in a season whilst in a Spurs shirt.

Much of the excitement surrounding the first half from a Spurs perspective came from the influence of Mousa Dembèlè. The Belgian gave the Lilywhites a new attacking dimension that has perhaps been lacking with Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb in that role.


With news that Liverpool were 5-0 down against Stoke City at half-time, Pochettino’s side were safe in the knowledge that fifth spot was secure this campaign.

The star of the first half, Mousa Dembèlè was replaced by Benjamin Stambouli after 53 minutes through injury, just moments after Hugo Lloris showed immense bravery to deny Galloway inside the Spurs box.

Spurs in general were playing far better than in previous weeks. Jan Vertonghen was making vital interceptions throughout, whilst Erik Lamela too was playing out of his skin.

The remainder of the second half was relatively quiet, as Spurs completed their first season under Mauricio Pochettino one place higher than under Sherwood in the last campaign.

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TalkingTHFC at #TTFLive Q&A with Harry Redknapp in association with VirginMedia and the Telegraph

TalkingTHFC returned to the Telegraph this week for the latest #TTFLive with a panel of esteemed football guests. This time, the panel included former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, former Manchester City right-back Danny Mills and Telegraph journalist Jim White.

The panel were questioned for around 40 minutes and discussed recent topics surrounding Raheem Sterling, the Champions League final and of course the end of season awards.

I was able to question Harry Redknapp during the concluding Q&A and was rewarded with a colourful reply.

I asked Redknapp: “Back in the 2011-12 season, you had perhaps one of the most exciting Tottenham team’s we’ve seen for some time. Had you not unfortunately missed out on the Champions League that year, what more do you feel you could have achieved with that side?”

Redknapp spoke at length about the disappointment of missing out due to Chelsea’s Champions League success, mentioning that he was “hardly cheering” for them that night in Munich.

Screen Shot 2015-05-21 at 13.49.57The Telegraph host asked myself how disappointed I was to have missed out, to which I expressed my devastation. Redknapp simply replied: “how do you think I feel.”

Eager to push the former Spurs boss, I extended my question to “do you think there was a Premier League title down the line with that side?” The 68-year-old simply replied: “of course,” and spoke once again at length about the exciting side he was at the helm of, with the likes of Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart playing for him.

Redknapp was truly humbling, and despite a few snide remarks indirectly towards Daniel Levy, it came across that although he is still bitter about the circumstances surrounding his departure, he understands what he built at Spurs could have been truly special.

I’d like to thank the Telegraph for once again allowing me to attend, as well as VirginMedia for holding the event. I look forward to bringing you the full quotes and stories later today on @TalkingTHFC.

Catch up on the other stories to have stemmed from the day on the official Telegraph blog here.

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Mauricio Pochettino jokes Gareth Bale can “come back” to Tottenham

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has joked that Real Madrid superstar can return to Tottenham Hotspur as the club “have a place for him.”

Speaking about the troubled winger’s recent struggles on the pitch, the Spurs manager was happy to speculate that the Welshman could return to White Hart Lane.

Pochettino said: “If Bale is not comfortable in Madrid, we have a place for him here. If he wants to come back here we are open to signing him.”

The Spurs boss suggested that Bale’s situation will improve, even drawing comparison to the great Zinedine Zidane.

The Argentine said: “But seriously, it’s not easy when you go to a club like Real Madrid. Bale has the quality to have success.  [French great] Zinedine Zidane had a difficult time at first, when he moved to Madrid in 2001, and he was criticised – but he needed time to adapt.

“It’s easier when you come from Spain to England but maybe when you go to Spain as an English player, you need one or two seasons to adapt.” 



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