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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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The Sun Dream Team Weekly

weekly_teaser-742x417The Premier League is back after a week of European football, which means Dream Team is back! Here are my picks for this weekend.

GK – Joe Hart (Manchester City)

City had an absolute nightmare against Spurs last week. Mainly because this man wasn’t in goal. At home against Newcastle, I can see this as a real comeback game. #CleanSheets

DF – Martín Demichelis (Manchester City)

Newcastle have no-one that can terrorise City like Spurs did. This should be a really comfortable afternoon for the defender standing in for Kompany. #NoVincentNoParty

DF: Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool)

I love this guy and think he is a real talent. He’s been clocking points since the start of the season and think he could add an attacking dimension in the Merseyside derby. #BagsOfPoints

DF: Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United)

If I’m honest he should have been in the England squad. If he’d been a Manchester United player, he would have been. #GiveHimAGo

DF: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur)

What a man. Toby has been tremendous this season and is exactly what we needed. A proper defender with a proper partner alongside him. #BelgianMonster

MF: Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)

Yes he’s a Gooner. But he’s also a fair little player. The Spanish Adam Sandler has been racking up the points lately and he could cause United some problems this weekend. #SantiClaus

MF: Juan Mata (Manchester United)

Have you seen his assist in the week? You haven’t! Get online, now. Right now. Mata is the man of your dreams. You dream team that is. Go and do it now. #WhatsTheMata

MF: Ross Barkley (Everton) 

The Merseyside derby will have loads of goals and this man will be at the centre of the Toffees’ action. The next Gazza is on fire lately and I fancy him this weekend. #BarkForBarkley

MF: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

I was sceptical about the money that City forked up for him. But he’s impressed me massively. He will score this weekend. There, I said it. #MoneyTalks

ST: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)

He looks back to his best and the hat-trick against Leicester was commendable. Big game this weekend but there could be a little something something in it for Alexis. #ISwearImNotAGooner

ST: Anthony Martial (Manchester United)

Rooney isn’t cutting it at the minute. Martial is. Simple as that. #HenryPartDeux

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Former Manchester United chief David Gill claims Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is “a nightmare”

David-GillFormer Manchester United chief David Gill says the situation surrounding Dimitar Berbatov’s £30million move to Old Trafford in 2009 highlighted the flaws in Daniel Levy’s approach to the transfer market. 

Gill, a Football Association board-member, says the Spurs chairman let the deal drag on through almost the entire window, despite the Manchester club placing a bid in early June.

“I don’t know (why Spurs do it so late). It is very difficult,” Gill told Manchester Evening News.

“With Tottenham, I’m not speaking out of turn, and Daniel Levy, he would like to do that.”

Gill continued to say: “In 2008, when we won the Champions League, we decided that we couldn’t rely on Tevez, Rooney and Ronaldo to score all the goals so went for another forward and that was Berbatov.

“I spoke to Daniel Levy in June that year, made an offer, and it went on for the whole summer. It was a nightmare.”

Levy, who is currently in the process of delivering a new stadium to the North London side, has been known to keep deals going beyond their necessity, and Gill says this prevented him from finding an effective replacement for the Bulgarian striker.

09AB14C700000514-0-image-a-81_1431698837084Gill said: “In the end I felt it affected Spurs because we did the deal in the end, at midnight on deadline day, so Tottenham couldn’t get a replacement in. The way the deal got done was that Daniel needed a striker and asked about Fraizer Campbell.

“So Alex (Ferguson) had to phone up Fraizer and say ‘by the way Fraizer, do me a favour, you’re going to Tottenham now’. And that’s how it happened.”

Levy’s Tottenham face FK Qarabag in the return of the UEFA Europa League this evening at White Hart Lane.

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AUDIO: Wayne Rooney praises ‘talented’ Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane

270FA9C400000578-3016741-Wayne_Rooney_right_praised_Harry_Kane_s_immediate_impact_for_Eng-a-1_1427627754485England captain Wayne Rooney has told the press that criticism of Harry Kane’s start to the season is unjust, considering the talent that the youngster possesses.

Rooney, who is close to becoming the Three Lions’ all-time leading goal-scorer, believes that Kane exhibited his talent against San Marino and believes the country must get behind the Spurs forward.

Kane scored the fifth against San Marino in a 6-0 victory on Saturday, finishing a sublime move with his new ‘Shearer-esque’ celebration.

Rooney believes the goals will come for Kane in the Premier League, who has now scored two-in-three for his country.

Listen to the England captain below: 

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VIDEO: Eric Dier tells Ashley Young exactly what he thinks of him

Despite defeat at Old Trafford, there were many talking points for Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur.

Amongst the encouraging performance and narrow defeat, there was a moment of magic from Eric Dier who warmed himself to Spurs fans yet again on the opening day of the season.

After a ‘challenge’ on Ashley Young, the home side were awarded a free-kick, with Dier receiving a yellow card. The reaction that followed was wonderful.

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Mauricio Pochettino confirms club are chasing summer signings

poch_3191094bTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has told BT Sport that Spurs are still in the market for summer signings.

Speaking after the 1-0 defeat to Manchester United, Pochettino said that the club are still working very hard to secure players for the 2015/16 season.

“Very frustrated and disappointed. We dominated the game and one mistake we gave them the opportunity to score”, Pochettino said.

Pochettino continued to say: “I think we deserved more but this is football. I think we played very well, I’m pleased with the performance.”

Speaking about signings, the Spurs head coach told the reporter: “We need to add some players and we are working hard (on that). The team today showed we are in a good way.”

New signings Dele Alli and Toby Alderweireld featured at Old Trafford on the opening day, but with an obvious lack of attacking threat, it seems Pochettino is desperate to secure new players for his youthful squad.

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MATCH REPORT: Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur

CL4y3RdWsAED1XIDespite a strong and encouraging performance, Tottenham Hotspur began their Premier League campaign with defeat at Old Trafford.

Spurs began the game by far the stronger of the two sides. Eric Dier started amongst a packed midfield, which allowed Mauricio Pochettino’s side to maintain most possession.

Christian Eriksen was presented with the away side’s best chance of the half. Harry Kane played a delightful chip over the United defence to the Dane, who set himself up with a header and eventual dipping shot that went over the bar.

Spurs’ dominance continued throughout most of the half, with Kane, Eriksen and Dembélé linking well. Their luck soon ran out however, as Louis van Gaal’s side took the lead.

With an absent Spurs defence (and mistake by Nabil Bentaleb), Wayne Rooney received the ball inside Michel Vorm’s box. Before he could shoot, Walker came rushing back to close down the striker and his touch put the ball into the net.

CL4t5T3WIAAJCVeWith their confidence knocked, and United’s boosted, Spurs suffered wave-after-wave of attack from the home side. Keeping calm, Tottenham saw out the half just one behind.

The second half saw multiple changes from both sides. Schweinsteiger and Dele Alli were amongst the most notable, with United’s new number seven Memphis Depay unhappy at his withdrawal.

Spurs tried all they could to steal an equaliser, and until the final ten minutes struggled to do so. Both Chadli and Eriksen came close to scoring, although it resulted in nothing as United sealed victory on the opening day.

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Mauricio Pochettino confirms Hugo Lloris is a doubt for Manchester United game

04773478-1024x647Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is a doubt to begin the Premier League season at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Despite travelling to Munich with the Spurs squad, Pochettino remains uncertain over Lloris’ likelihood to play against United on the opening day of the 2015/16 season.

“In terms of Saturday, it is tough,” he told the press.

“It’s not easy because we do a lot of work on physical condition, but maybe this week he will start to catch the ball.

“Maybe it’s early to think he will play on Saturday, but maybe he has a small chance. We don’t decide yet.” 

Lloris has however been seen to conduct training as normal, as the club’s official Snapchat account showed the ‘keeper diving and catching the ball during Tuesday’s session.

Pochettino and Lloris face Rafa Benitez’s Real Madrid in the 2015 Audi Cup later this evening.

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Bastian Schweinsteiger completes Manchester United move, will it help Tottenham Hotspur’s Morgan Schneiderlin pursuit?

16672573530_aa13d936fa_oOn Saturday, it was announced that Bastian Schweinsteiger had completed a move to Manchester United subject to a medical.

Throughout the summer, Manchester United had alternatively been linked to a move for Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin.

Louis van Gaal’s side had a £20million bid rejected two weeks ago for Schneiderlin, who is admired strongly by Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Now that the Bayern Munich star has joined the Red Devils, could this open the door for Pochettino to sign his most-wanted man this summer?

It is widely thought that Spurs have been deterred from signing the midfielder, given that the Saints have placed such a large price on his head. Reports over the last year have claimed that Benjamin Stambouli was thought to be Pochettino’s back-up to Schneiderlin. With reports claiming that the Frenchman could be off to Watford this summer (and with Etienne Capoue already out the door), could Schneiderlin fill that void?

1400x8478Many would speculate that such a deal would be impossible, especially given the controversy surrounding Toby Alderweireld’s move to White Hart Lane, leaving a bitter taste in the mouths of many Saints fans.

But with Manchester United effectively out of the race now to sign the Southampton star, could Daniel Levy work some magic and sign Mauricio Pochettino’s crown jewel?

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Manchester United legend labels Tottenham star Harry Kane as “overpriced”

Rio-FerdinandManchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has slammed young English stars as “overpriced” in a Twitter outburst over Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling.

Ferdinand’s former club United have been linked with Kane this summer, despite the striker maintaining that he wants to remain at Tottenham Hotspur.

Having retired from professional football, the former England centre-half took to Twitter to voice his concern over the figures touted in today’s press surrounding the two most-wanted attackers in the country.

Despite voicing frustration over the value of these young stars, Ferdinand himself was the most expensive British footballer in history upon his move to Old Trafford, moving for roughly £34million.

Kane has been adamant that his future lies with Spurs, however in an age of modern football such figures could transpire for the youngster in upcoming summers.

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