Aug 11, 2017

Tottenham round-up: Barcelona in for Eriksen; defender apologises for comments; Pochettino on Newcastle trip

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According to reports surfacing from the Independent over the course of the day, Barcelona are considering turning their attentions towards Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen this summer.

After Neymar’s world-record £200 million move to Paris Saint-Germain the La Liga giants are currently on the search for a replacement, with Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho on top of their list.

But after seeing a £90 million bid rejected for the Brazilian, as reported BBC Sport, and with Liverpool adamant that he won’t be leaving – it seems that Barcelona now have Tottenham’s Danish talisman on their horizon.

Meanwhile, Tottenham and England left-back Danny Rose has openly apologised for comments made about the club during a revealing interview with The Sun, admitting that they were ‘ill-judged’.

During the interview the 27-year-old commented on Tottenham’s lack of transfer activity this summer as well as his main desire to ‘move back up north’ in the future and out of north London.

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He also demanded that boss Mauricio Pochettino pays him ‘what I’m worth’, criticising the wage system at the club, and insinuated that his side are behind their top-six rivals due to lack of arrivals.

A statement issued by Rose’s management team, Base, and reported by the Standard, said: “Having had time to consider my actions, I acknowledge now that the timing and manner of what I said was ill-judged.

“My words were not meant to offend and for that I would like to apologise to the chairman, manager and my team-mates and the fans.

“I’d also like to wish the lads good luck ahead of Sunday’s game against Newcastle.”

And when asked about Rose’s comments during his press conference on Friday ahead of the trip to Newcastle on Sunday afternoon, boss Pochettino has insisted that it’s time to forget it and move on.

On the subject of Rose, the Argentine said: “Of course he has a future and I want to keep him here. Nothing has changed on my perception of him. He apologised to everyone and now it’s time to move on. It’s in the past.”

With regards to team news ahead of the trip to St James’ Park, Kieran Trippier is ruled out with ligament damage whilst Erik Lamela, Georges N’Koudou and Rose the others ruled out with injuries.

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