Benoit Assou-Ekotto has warned Chelsea that they will be unable to handle the threat of Gareth Bale.
Assou-Ekotto believes that Paulo Ferreira will endure a torrid afternoon when he faces the flying Welsh winger, who is in the form of his life this season.
According to Mirror Football, the 26-year-old said: “Bale is one of the best players in Europe at the moment. We have to keep him for a long time if we want to be successful. I’m just glad I am a left-back and he’s left midfield as it means I don’t even have to face him in training.
“If Spurs want to be a very big club one day, like Chelsea or Manchester United, we have to keep him. We don’t want to try and sell him to the other big clubs.”
Redknapp bans Xmas party.
Harry Redknapp has banned his Spurs players from having a Christmas party this year, after a debacle saw the players ignoring warnings not to party last year and going to Dublin to celebrate the festivities.
The Daily Mail is reporting that Redknapp has echoed last year’s warnings, and when he found that 16 players had disobeyed his public statement they were each forced to donate £20,000 to charity as their punishment.
First team coach Joe Jordan said: “Harry will be saying there are no Christmas parties. We have a lot of great traditions (in this country) but the Christmas party is one we have to forget.
“The players will be reminded. It is something he wants them to stay away from. Going out as a group of players at this stage of the season brings on what you don’t want. We have moved on.”
Dunn urges Bentley move.
Blackburn’s David Dunn has begged Spurs midfielder David Bentley to consider a return to Ewood Park.
Following yesterday’s report that Rovers boss Sam Allardyce possessed an interest in bringing Bentley back and also signing Robbie Keane, Dunn has told The Daily Mail that he reckons a move back to the North West would be a perfect escape route.
He said: “It has not worked out for Bents and I think he’d fancy coming back.”
Bentley has thus far been unable to reproduce the magical form he delivered at Blackburn since moving to White Hart Lane two years ago, and is considered one of the more likely player to head to the exit door in the new year.