Returning Kaboul hoping for Tottenham top four spot

Tottenham Hotspur defender Younes Kaboul is targeting a place in the Premier League’s top four in the coming season, while hoping to regain his starting XI place after a year out, the Daily Mail has reported.

The 27-year-old played 90 minutes away to Newcastle United in the opening game of last season but suffered a knee injury which kept him out until April. Despite getting back to fitness, he tore a thigh muscle in an Under-21 match, which ended his season.

Spurs have narrowly missed out on the Champions League in each of the last three seasons, with Arsenal overhauling an eight-point deficit to snatch fourth place in 2012/13. Manager Andre Villas-Boas has strengthened squad this summer, with the signing of Brazil midfielder Paulinho, FC Twente winger Nacer Chadli, and Valencia striker Roberto Soldado.

And Kaboul hopes that they can make Europe’s premier competition this time around. He said: “We are going to have to be in the top four this season. Last season we missed it by nothing so this year we have to be there.

The new signings are very good. This season is looking very good for us. Andre has done a magnificent job for the club. He broke the points record last season and this season will be even better for him and us.

And the Frenchman spoke of his time out with injury, adding: “That was very hard. I was here to support the team, but it was terrible. Sometimes you just want to go on the pitch, take the ball and go and score. To sit there all the time was hard for me.

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