Tottenham trigger one-year Jan Vertonghen contract extension

Tottenham have confirmed that they have exercised their right to trigger a one-year extension to Jan Vertonghen’s contract, tying the defender to the club until 2020. The Belgium international’s deal was due to expire at the end of this season, but Spurs have moved to tie him down for a further 12 months. The Club can confirm that we have activated the option to extend @JanVertonghen’s contract until 2020. — Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 18, 2018 A statement on the Tottenham’s website read: “The club can confirm that we have…

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Manchester United draw PSG in Champions League, Liverpool to face Bayern Munich

Manchester United have drawn Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League, while Liverpool will face Bayern Munich and Tottenham will take on Borussia Dortmund. Manchester City were drawn against Bundesliga side Schalke, meaning three of the four English teams will face German opposition. Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the city of Madrid, with Juventus drawn against Atletico. Holders Real Madrid must overcome Dutch side Ajax, while Barcelona will take on Lyon and Roma will face FC Porto. The first legs of the last-16 ties will be split…

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Tottenham’s Eric Dier out until 2019 after having appendix removed

Tottenham will be without midfielder Eric Dier until 2019 after he had surgery to remove his appendix. The 24-year-old was not in the squad for Saturday’s win over Burnley after being diagnosed with appendicitis. The England international received immediate treatment and is not expected to return to training until January. Dier has made 13 Premier League starts for Spurs this season, with only Harry Kane, Toby Alderweireld and Lucas Moura ahead of him. Tottenham are due to play six games between now and 4 January. Spurs said: “He will now undergo a…

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Raheem Sterling named Premier League player of the month

Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling has been named November’s Premier League player of the month. The 24-year-old scored three goals and set up three more in City’s three league matches. It is the second time the Blues forward has won the award, the previous occasion coming in August 2016, just over a year after he joined the club. Raheem Sterling picks up @EASPORTSFIFA #POTM award for a brilliant November ➡️ https://t.co/QdEm1x730O #PLAwards pic.twitter.com/78omqjI1Q4 — Premier League (@premierleague) December 12, 2018 Two of Sterling’s City team-mates, Leroy Sane and David Silva, were…

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Kyle Walker-Peters signs contract extension with Tottenham

Kyle Walker-Peters has signed a contract extension with Tottenham which will keep him at the club until 2023. The 21-year-old had previously signed a new deal in May through to 2021, and has now committed himself to Spurs for a further two seasons. Walker-Peters made his first Premier League appearance of the season on Saturday when he came on for Serge Aurier in Spurs’ 2-0 win over Leicester City. Walker-Peters joins Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Harry Winks and Heung-Min Son in agreeing new deals with Tottenham in recent months. The Spurs academy…

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Tottenham face FA inquiry after fan throws banana skin at Aubameyang during fiery derby

Tottenham face a Football Association investigation after one of their supporters was arrested for throwing a banana skin at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during Arsenal’s 4-2 derby win at the Emirates Stadium. The Arsenal striker had scored the first of his two goals from the penalty spot when he ran to celebrate in front of the travelling supporters. A host of projectiles were thrown at him, with still photography showing that a banana skin was among them. CCTV footage was used to confirm the identify of the fan who threw it and he was arrested. The…

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Robbie Keane announces retirement from football

Republic of Ireland’s record goalscorer Robbie Keane has officially confirmed he has hung up his boots days after being unveiled as part of Mick McCarthy’s management team. The 38-year-old netted 68 goals in 146 appearances for the Boys in Green and enjoyed a decorated career that included spells at Wolves, Coventry City, Inter Milan, Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur (twice), Liverpool, Celtic, West Ham, LA Galaxy, Aston Villa and most recently, ATK in India. In a prolific club career, Keane scored 325 goals in 737 club appearances. The Dubliner was confirmed as…

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Video assistant referees (VAR) set to be used in Premier League next season

Video assistant referees are set to be used in the Premier League next season after clubs agreed in principle to the move. The Premier League will now make a formal request to the International Football Association Board and Fifa. VAR was used at the 2018 World Cup, is in operation in Italy and Germany’s top divisions, and has been utilised in some FA Cup and Carabao Cup games. The Premier League has been carrying out “non-live” trials this season. VAR will also be used in the Champions League from next season. There…

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Premier League clubs asked for £250,000 towards £5m bonus for outgoing Scudamore

All 20 Premier League clubs have been asked for a £250,000 contribution so that the league’s outgoing executive chairman Richard Scudamore can be given a £5m farewell gift. The clubs were asked for the money before a meeting on Tuesday. It is expected they will agree to Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck’s request. Scudamore, 59, who is reportedly paid £2.5m per season, is stepping down next month after 19 years at the organisation. The league’s UK television rights were valued at around £670m when he joined, and the last deal was worth…

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Carabao Cup: Arsenal to host Spurs in quarter-finals

Arsenal have been drawn against north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals. The Gunners, last season’s beaten finalists, will host their neighbours at Emirates Stadium during the week starting 17 December. League One Burton Albion, the lowest-ranked team left in the competition, go to Championship side Middlesbrough. Chelsea host Bournemouth, while Leicester or Southampton will play the winner of Manchester City and Fulham. A rearranged date and kick-off time for Leicester’s tie against Southampton at King Power Stadium has yet to be confirmed. The match, originally scheduled…

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Tottenham confirm they will not play in new stadium until 2019

Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed they will not play at their new stadium until 2019 at the earliest as construction delays continued. With work at their new stadium still ongoing, Spurs have announced that the Premier League fixtures against Chelsea, Southampton, Burnley, Bournemouth and Wolves will take place at the national stadium. Spurs, whose remaining two home Champions League group games are already booked in at Wembley, had been hoping to move into their new 62,000-seater stadium in September. Failure to critical alarm systems put paid to that and further delays and…

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Christian Eriksen could have chronic abdominal problem, says Hareide

Denmark manager Åge Hareide has suggested that Christian Eriksen’s stomach problem could be a chronic condition in what would be a major blow to an already injury-hit Tottenham Hotspur squad. The 26-year-old has not played since his club’s 2-1 Premier League win at Brighton on 22 September. Spurs had expected Eriksen to return after the international break this week but Hareide said it was unlikely the midfielder would travel for the Nations League match against Ireland on Saturday. “Christian has an abdominal problem … Such an injury can be chronic,…

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Champions League: Pochettino accuses media of ‘disrespect’ after Inter loss

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino angrily accused journalists of disrespecting his players on Tuesday after his team opened their Champions League campaign with a 2-1 loss at Inter Milan. Tottenham were winning 1-0 through Christian Eriksen after a performance Pochettino described as probably their best of the season, only for Mauro Icardi to equalise with an unstoppable 25-metre volley with five minutes left before Matías Vecino headed in a stoppage-time winner following a corner. Pochettino then lost his temper when asked about his decision to rest defenders Kieran Trippier and Toby Alderweireld. “You disrespect the players…

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Hugo Lloris handed ban and £50,000 fine for drink-driving charge

Tottenham Hotspur captain Hugo Lloris has been fined £50,000, plus costs and a victim surcharge, and banned from driving for 20 months after appearing at Westminster magistrates’ court on Wednesday. The 31-year-old Frenchman caught police attention when he was spotted “veering” across Gloucester Place in central London in a new Porsche Panamera, doing 15mph in a 30mph zone, and going through a red light in the early hours of 24 August. Westminster magistrates’ court heard officers spotted vomit in the car, which was carrying an unnamed passenger, while Lloris, of East Finchley in…

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Chelsea coach continues attack on Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris

Chelsea coach Christophe Lollichon believes those who praise Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris “live in a dream world” as he continued his criticism of the World Cup winner. Lollichon hit out at Lloris last week, claiming that Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola was far superior. Chelsea’s goalkeeping coach has since reiterated his belief that Lloris is not at the elite level many claim he is. “People live in a dream world when it comes to Lloris a bit too much, but for me Areola is above,” he told Le Figaro. “Against Germany, he…

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Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen expects new Spurs deal

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen expects the club to extend his contract until 2020. The Belgium centre-back’s contract expires at the end of the campaign. Vertonghen, who arrived at Spurs from Ajax in 2012, was linked with a move to French champions Paris Saint-Germain in the off-season. But Vertonghen has revealed he expected Tottenham to extend his deal. “My contract is expiring at the end of the season, but Tottenham have an option to extend it with one year,” Vertonghen said. “I think they will take up the option. We’ll see what happens.”…

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South Korea reach Asian Games final to boost Son’s hopes of military exemption

South Korea defeated Vietnam 3-1 to reach the final of the ongoing Asian Games in Indonesia to boost Son Heung-min’s chances of avoiding compulsory military service. Under South Korean law all men have to carry out 21 months of military service before the age of 28 and the Tottenham winger, who is 26, had been running out of time. However, an Olympic medal earns sportsmen an exemption, as does winning the Asian Games. So if South Korea, the defending champions, can beat either Japan or United Arab Emirates in Saturday’s final,…

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Fenerbahce deny making move for Tottenham’s Sissoko

Fenerbahce have denied reports linking them with a move for Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko. Reports in British and French media in the past few days have claimed the Turkish club have been attempting to sign the midfielder on loan. The French international was not in Spurs’ squad for Monday’s 3-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford. “In the public opinion, the news that we are attempting to transfer Moussa Sissoko … does not reflect the truth,” Fenerbahce said in a statement. “Regarding a transfer of Moussa Sissoko to our club,…

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Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris charged with drink-driving

Tottenham Hotspur captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was arrested in central London on Friday morning and charged with drunken driving after failing a roadside breathalyser test, police said. Lloris, 31, was stopped at around 2:20 a.m. and was taken to Charing Cross police station, where he was formally charged before being released on bail. According to the Metropolitan Police, Lloris is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Sept. 11. The goalkeeper joined Tottenham in 2012 and has started both of their Premier League games this season after winning…

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Who will win the Premier League 2018/19?

The FIFA World Cup is over, and now it’s time for some good-old club football. The Premier League 2018-19 season kicks off with Leicester City’s trip to Manchester United on 11th August. Football fans are eagerly waiting for the real action to begin and to see their favourite clubs fight it out for the Premier League trophy. It makes for an interesting season, and we expect a very interesting battle for the league and for top four places. Here’s a glimpse at top contenders and their chances of winning the…

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Do Tottenham Stick or Twist?

The conclusion of the World Cup was just a few days ago, but there is no rest for the wicked as the prospect of the 2018/19 Premier League season looms large. The first ball will be kicked on Saturday August 11thas Newcastle take on Tottenham at St James Park, however before the campaign gets underway there will be something of a sense of urgency in the preparations of English clubs. The reason being is that the domestic transfer window no longer closes at the end of August, instead it shuts…

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Five reasons to love this England team

It’s been easy to feel fatigued following England in recent years. Whether it’s the slightly cheesy ‘car flags and bunting’ that surrounds a tournament or the predictably poor performances in big games, many fans have fallen out of the love with the national team a bit in recent years. Most prefer club to country. So, it’ll be more of the same this time, right? I mean, if I gave you £20 and told you to name the finalist with williamhill.com then it’s unlikely that you’d put your cash on the…

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Fred, Alderweireld and Dalot – Manchester United make serious moves in the market

Manchester United are yet to make a signing in the transfer market, but it doesn’t mean they are not actively looking for targets in the market. The Red Devils are expected to make some serious acquisitions this summer, and they have been linked with a number of names in the recent weeks. A move for Fred close? Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred is one player who has been linked with United for quite some time. Neighbours Manchester City have also been linked with the Brazilian, but it appears he will be…

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Report: Manchester United face dilemma over top-defensive target

Multiple reports have claimed Manchester United are very keen on signing Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld this summer. However, according to the latest report from the Daily Mirror, United are faced with a great financial dilemma over acquiring their top defensive target. The report claims that both clubs have opened negotiations for the Belgian centre-back, and Spurs have slapped a price tag of £75m on their player. Alderweireld has only two years left in his deal with the North London side, and he has failed to reach an agreement over a…

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Mourinho looks for Premier League experience and more Manchester United news

If the latest transfer rumours are to be believed, Manchester United are planning to raid more than one of their Premier League rivals, this transfer window. According to the report from the Evening Standard, United are confident of signing Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld this summer. The Belgian has reportedly refused to sign a new deal with Spurs, and it is believed that the North London side would consider selling him this summer. The Red Devils are willing to spend more than £40million on the 29-year-old. Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona…

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