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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 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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Mauricio Pochettino: Harry Kane is fully committed to Tottenham Hotspur

2B11F76900000578-0-image-a-8_1438632351072Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that any doubts about Harry Kane’s future are gone, stating that the player is fully committed to the on-going project at White Hart Lane.

Speaking to the press, Pochettino stated that the striker has the ability to transform into a world-class talent, suggesting that he is in the perfect place to flourish as a forward.

“Kane is excited to start the season with us. Any doubts about his commitment are gone. He is delighted to stay with Tottenham,” Pochettino remarked.

“He is a big supporter of the club. I think he is very happy and we are very happy he is with us.

“If you can do it in England and Europe, you are doing it in the best competitions in the world. I think we have very ambitious players now, the younger ones in the group, like Harry.”

The Argentine continued to say that despite a hectic pre-season schedule and mounting pressure on the youngster, Kane has the ability and mentality to deal with his rise to glory.

mls-all-star-game“We need to keep this mentality. We try to build a very strong group for the next few years to try to achieve important things.

“Harry can manage this pressure. He is young, but he is very mature. He is in a very good way to become one of the best strikers in the world.

“We don’t have any doubts about Harry Kane showing the same performances.”

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur face Real Madrid this evening in the 2015 Audi Cup in Munich.

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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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Why Tottenham should move for Real Madrid star

Sami+Khedira+Real+Madrid+CF+v+Cordoba+CF+dI9-MyVEqEelWith the news this week that Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira is set to leave the club this summer, it is no surprise that several of the world’s biggest sides are being linked with his services.

A club that could take advantage of his availability is Tottenham Hotspur. With the ‘partnership’ with Real Madrid yet to take effect, Daniel Levy could finally make the most of this heavily one-way relationship.

Spurs for some time now have been linked with the £25million-rated Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, and such a price tag could prevent the club from moving for Mauricio Pochettino’s former player, with previous windows showing that such a high figure for one player does not always work.

As a result Khedira could pose the perfect alternative for the North London side.

Despite being linked with Manchester United, such rumours are destined to happen over the summer period. Already linked with Bastian Schweinsteiger, media reports surrounding United should always be taken with a pinch of salt.

Signing someone of the German’s calibre would make a huge statement from Mauricio Pochettino. Despite a focus on implementing youth into his side, the international star could be the influx of experience the former Southampton boss needs in his midfield.

Whether Tottenham are able to get him, or even if he is willing to join the club is doubtful. Although Daniel Levy must take advantage of the Madrid bond, and this could be the perfect way to start.

Could Tottenham make a move for the long-term Arsenal target? It would certainly make the statement they certainly need to challenge for the top-four next season.


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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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