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Rumours linking Tottenham’s Kieran Trippier with Real Madrid way off the mark

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Transfer season always brings about some bizarre speculation and rumours, yet perhaps the most ridiculous of all this summer involves Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier.

The England international was one of the Three Lions’ best performers in Russia at the World Cup and caught the eye, particularly with his impressive free-kick goal in the semi-final against Croatia.

Now The Sun report that he is subject to interest from Real Madrid who are pondering a £50 million move.

However, they could not be further than the truth. Julen Lopetegui’s squad was already strong at right-back having Spain international duo Dani Carvajal and Nacho, both of whom featured at the World Cup and they’ve since added £31 million signing Alvaro Odriozola from Real Sociedad.

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That signing of Spain’s third choice full-back led to the decision to loan youngster Achraf Hakimi to Borussia Dortmund for two years as Lopetegui was unconvinced that he would get regular game time which he needs at this stage in his career.

With the club also desperately seeking to replace Cristiano Ronaldo with a marquee signing, which won’t come cheap, it seems ludicrous to suggest that they would contemplate spending £50 million on a fifth right-back.

The Sun justify their claims with a bizarre suggestion, purely based on the fact that Trippier shares an agent with the same company that include Jonathan Barnett, Gareth Bale’s agent. That being the man who has frequently spoken out to demand more game time for his client and hardly endeared himself to the powers that be at the Bernabeu.

“Trippier, though, is represented by the Stellar Group — the firm headed by Jonathan Barnett, which negotiated Gareth Bale’s then world-record £86m transfer to the Bernabeu from Tottenham back in 2013.”

The Sun’s explanation of the rumour.

On reflection, it is clear that there is no substance to such a suggestion and seems likely that Tottenham fans have very little to worry about.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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Younes Kaboul critical of Mauricio Pochettino, would some Tottenham players agree?

The former Tottenham captain was not pleased with his treatment at the hands of the Argentine.

Mathew Nash

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is one of football’s popular men. Not many fans, players or pundits have a bad word to say about him. Considering the success he has had at Tottenham and the players he has helped develop, it is easy to see why.

However, Younes Kaboul went against the grain this week in conversation with France Football, as reported by Sport Witness, suggesting Pochettino was ‘two-faced.’

It is not the first time the Watford defender has been critical of Pochettino. In 2016, in conversation with the Daily Mail, he claimed the Argentine had ‘disrespected’ him.

Kaboul’s time with Pochettino at White Hart Lane started well in 2014. He was handed the club captaincy by the newly appointed Tottenham boss. But, by December, he was benched and joined Sunderland in July 2015.


“The one where things didn’t go well was Pochettino. On the field, nothing to say, very good manager, with a philosophy and a style of play that works.

“Personally, it’s the opposite. He’s two-faced. He would say things to you and did the complete opposite behind your back. I didn’t like that, and I told him. That’s all”.

– Younes Kaboul on Mauricio Pochettino this week


Many will put his words down to bitterness, but there will no doubt be some in the Tottenham camp who are not Poch’s biggest fans right now either.

Danny Rose was once described as his teacher’s pet. Now the left-back has struggled with injury and lost his place to Ben Davies. It seems Rose, who was critical of Tottenham’s business off the field last summer, could leave before the end of the month.

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Toby Alderweireld was considered the best defender in the Premier League back in 2016-17. But contract disputes and injury trouble have seen him fall out of favour as well.

Look at poor Vincent Janssen. As dire as he has been on the pitch for Tottenham, being stripped of a squad number this week seems a little harsh as he continues to be exiled.

Marcus Edwards and Mousa Dembele might also have a bone to pick with Pochettino in time to come.

But it certainly is nothing against the Tottenham manager. Often portrayed as loveable and soft in the media, it just shows he has the cutting edge to work at the top when tough decisions have to be made.

It was a trait shared by perhaps the greatest Premier League manager of all time, Sir Alex Ferguson. Just look at the exits of David Beckham, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Roy Keane from Old Trafford.

If Pochettino can go on to have half the success Fergie did at Manchester United, Tottenham fans will care little about the methods used to get there.

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Tottenham Hotspur should have swooped for Luciano Vietto this summer

Luciano Vietto could have been a solid back-up to Harry Kane this season.

Mathew Nash

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Fulham pulled off something of a coup on transfer deadline day. The Cottagers snapped up Argentine talent Luciano Vietto on loan from Atletico Madrid for the season. It was a great piece of business from the club, considering the talent the 24-year-old striker possesses.

But one other London club should have been in for the player. Tottenham Hotspur needed striking reinforcements this summer. With Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen both unable to provide adequate cover for Harry Kane, it is an area Tottenham struggle.

A move for Anthony Martial was mooted early on, but nothing ever came to pass.

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Vietto could have been a perfect option. With only Llorente for competition, he could have easily become the main back-up to Kane. Mauricio Pochettino is on good terms with his former international team-mate and Atletico manager Diego Simeone, so convincing them of a deal would not have been hard.

Vietto could have arrived on a loan-to-buy scheme, giving Tottenham the chance to sign him next summer should he be a hit.

Whilst many will question whether Vietto would have been good enough for Spurs, his past form indicates he could have done a job. His tally of five goals for Valencia last season is nothing to celebrate. However, his 10 as the back-up at Sevilla the season before and his incredible 2015-16 with former club Villarreal show he just needs a chance to shine.

Fulham may now give him that and, Vietto will hope to prove his worth. Tottenham, however, should have been in the race. If he goes on to thrive in West London, some fans will rightly ask why Spurs did not make a move.

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Tottenham Hotspur round-up: Janssen number stripped, Rose can go and Eriksen interest

A selection of the latest news and gossip from Tottenham Hotspur.

Mathew Nash

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Shirt off his back

Vincent Janssen has had his shirt number stripped. The club announced their new squad numbers for the season this afternoon and the Dutch striker is without a number.

He had previously held the number nine shirt, following a move from AZ Alkmaar in the summer of 2016.

However, the number is now vacant as it appears Tottenham try to shift him before the end of the month.

Janssen failed to adapt to Premier League football and spent last season on loan at Fenerbahce.

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Rose allowed to leave

Tottenham are happy to let Danny Rose leave the club before the end of the month. According to The Mirror, Spurs are ready to let Rose leave despite the transfer window being shut.

The England international has fallen out-of-favour with manager Mauricio Pochettino, who is now happy to let him go.

PSG and Schalke have both shown an interest in the player. Both club’s transfer windows remain open.

Tottenham feel they have adequate cover with youngster Kyle Walker-Peters and centre-back Jan Vertonghen able to play in his position.

Eriksen rumours

There is more interest in Christian Eriksen being reported this week. Real Madrid’s interest was already known. However, PSG are also said to be keen on the Danish midfielder.

According to the Daily Star, the French side are preparing a £100 million move for the playmaker before the end of the month.

Tottenham fans should however not be fearful. The club have ruled out any potential exit for Eriksen this summer.

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