Tottenham: New deal for star; Alderweireld's Wembley dreams; Goalkeeper developments
Star man Christian Eriksen is believed to be close to signing a new contract at Tottenham, according to Squawka reporters. The Denmark international is apparently edging closer to penning a new deal worth £80,000-per-week.
He has been coy over a new contract amid interest from Italian titans Juventus, and Spurs have been trying, but failing, to tie him to a new deal for over a year.
Other deals such as locking down manager Mauricio Pochettino for the long term seem to have taken precedence at White Hart Lane, but it seems the club are finally committing to tying up Eriksen to a longer contract.
Eriksen’s current deal runs for another two years, but the club will been keen to keep him, or, less preferably, sell him for more money than they could recoup with a shorter contract. The Dane was rumoured to be demanding £150,000-a-week, but took to Twitter to dispel said rumours.
Not the result we wanted! But still one point and great support from the fans👏
And dont believe everyting u read on the internet 👀🤔#coys
— Christian Eriksen (@ChrisEriksen8) August 13, 2016
The 24-year-old is a vital part of the Spurs set up, scoring six and assisting 13 times last season, so keeping him at White Hart Lane should be a priority.
Defender Toby Alderweireld has admitted he’s thrilled to be playing at Wembley in the club’s Champions League games this season.
The squad trained on the pitch yesterday in preparation for their forthcoming group games.
“I can’t wait to play here in front of our fans!” said the imposing centre half. “It’s an unbelievable place and when we play our games it’s going to be full of supporters so I’m really looking forward to playing here with all the Spurs fans around us.”
“Hopefully we’ll be able to perform well and go through,” he added.
The draw for the group stage of the world’s most prestigious club competition will happen later this month.
Spurs could be without first choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris for their opening game of the competition, but they’re edging closer to a replacement.
The club will make a fresh approach for Espanyol ‘keeper Pau Lopez after their £3 million bid failed, according to the Evening Standard.
In the wake of the failed transfer, Spurs have enquired about taking the 21-year-old on loan for the season with an option to buy next summer if he impresses.
Lopez came through the youth ranks at his current club and his regarded as one of the club’s brightest prospects.
The club’s interest comes as a result of Lloris’ injury, with Mauricio Pochettino apparently not having faith in Michel Vorm to perform in all competitions.
Lloris is due to return in a month, so rumours persist that if Lopez completes his move, Vorm could leave the club.
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