The extended and intensive media speculation linking Lassana Diarra with a move to Tottenham to be reunited with his former manager at Portsmouth, Harry Redknapp, has been rubbished by the Real Madrid midfielder himself, according to ESPN reports on the matter.
Specifically Diarra, who has also been of the books at both Arsenal and Chelsea during his career, declared to Spanish football website AS.com that there is no substance in the talk of him transferring to Spurs and he fully intends to honour the remainder of his Real contract.
“The information about my departure is a lie. There is no agreement with Tottenham and I do not think there will be,” Diarra assessed of his link to the North London club, whilst firmly establishing his commitment to his current employers. “I have a contract with Real Madrid until 2013 and Jose Mourinho is my coach.”
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Mayor to offer incentive.
London Mayor, Boris Johnson is set to offer Spurs an £8.5m financial incentive to remain at White Hart Lane and help regenerate the Tottenham area as a whole following the recent riots there, the Guardian understands.
This £8.5m contribution would be made by City Hall under Johnson’s say-so, as he seeks the assistance of Spurs in helping to achieve the development of a ‘public realm’ around the club’s stadium.
A spokesperson for Johnson elaborated on the London Mayor’s optimism that encouraging Spurs to continue playing out of their current White Hart Lane location, could be a major factor in ensuring a full recovery of Tottenham. “We are hopeful a deal can be reached on building a new stadium on the current site so the mayor can accomplish his long term ambition to regenerate a much wider area in this neglected and impoverished area of London.”
Review of Olympic Stadium award.
The decision to allow West Ham to move into the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 games is to be judicially reviewed following a request from Spurs and Leyton Orient for this to be done, Sky Sports have revealed.
Although the Olympic Park Legacy Company’s first choice to inhabit the East London stadium, the Hammers prospective move is to be funded by a £40m loan from West Ham local authority, which Spurs argue their London rival’s circumstances do not permit them to take-out. “West Ham was not and is not itself in a financial position to borrow £40m from a private lender or to make a bid for the stadium on its own,” Dinah Rose – Attorney for Spurs – stated.
Subsequently on the back of this perception, Spurs along with Orient have successfully appealed for a review of the tenancy award to West Ham, the specifics of which have yet to be publicised.