BALE WILL STAY

The former Tottenham Hotspur player, Ledley King, has said that he doesn’t think Gareth Bale would take a transfer this summer.

So many clubs around the world including Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are interested in Bale after his brilliant outing in the Premier League last season.

According to some reports, Real Madrid is ready to spend a huge amount of 85 million Pounds to bring Bale at Santiago Bernabeu.

When King was asked about the speculations of Bale leaving Tottenham this summer, King said, “I don’t think he is going to do that. He had a fantastic last season. He was at the peak of his game. He would like to do the same next season.”

“Gareth is a very simple guy. Family matters the most for him. He had a baby last year and I don’t think he would like to take his young family anywhere outside England.”

King himself also had a very successful Tottenham career. He played for Tottenham for 13 years between 1999 and 2012. He was originally a defender, but, he used to play as a midfielder as well in the earlier parts of his career.

In 2006, King suffered a nasty knee injury and his career slowed down after that. He had various fitness problems in the following years and he missed a lot of matches for the Spurs.

Finally, before the start of the last season, King decided that it was the right time for him to announce his retirement.

In total, King featured for Tottenham in 268 games and found the net 10 times.

When asked if he misses playing football, King said, “Yes, I do. It’s not easy to play a game for more than 20 years and then, leave it all of a sudden.”

SPURS FACE LYON

Tottenham will be taking on Lyon in the Europa league looking to seal progression to the last 16 stage. They come into the match on the back of the impressive 2-1 win in the first leg.

However, the manager Andre Villas-Boas has a multitude of problems ahead of this match due to the fact that several key players like Jermain Defoe and Tom Huddlestone will be on the sidelines. The manager confirmed that the midfielder Huddlestone will be missing due to a minor problem with his knee. This comes as a major blow especially due to the absence of the Brazilian midfielder Sandro.

Sandro has been ruled out for the rest of the season following an injury suffered few weeks back. The defender Younes Kaboul is also unavailable for the match, as he is still recovering from the knee injury suffered a few weeks ago. The summer signing Hugo Lloris has been able to establish himself in the first team recently, but the manager has said that he will be giving the opportunity for the former first-team regular Brad Friedel. Tottenham have been on an impressive run of form lately and it has been largely due to the form of Gareth Bale. They will be hoping to continue that in the second leg as well.

“Defoe is going to be out, further to our long-term injuries with Younes and Sandro. Tom Huddlestone is going to be out of the game due to some minor pain in the knee. We hope to have most of the players available and free for selection. You’ve seen us do exactly the opposite in the Europa League in the past – particularly with Hugo when Brad was playing – and most likely Brad is going to be in goal,” said Villas-Boas ahead of the match.

PLAYERS IN

The Reading manager Brian McDermott has said that he is keen to bring in a few players in the January transfer window who will be capable of adding experience to the squad. Reading are struggling in the Premier league both at home and away matches.

McDermott has said that this has been partly because of the lack of experience with the team. Hence, he will be looking to bring in a few players who were well versed with playing in the top flight of English football. He also confirmed that any signings that the club makes in January will be made with a long-term option in mind rather than just surviving in the Premier league this season.

It is expected that McDermott will be making moves for three players once the transfer window opens on January 1. The Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone is at the top of the list, while the other players are Liverpool’s Joe Cole and the Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson. The England international Tom Huddlestone has fallen behind Mousa Dembele and Sandro in the pecking order. In order to force his way into the England fold, he needs to play on a regular basis. Hence, Tottenham are thought to be willing to consider a loan move till the end of the season for the midfielder.

“I feel strongly we need to sign two or three players with Premier League experience, who know what it is like to play in this league. January is a hard window but we have been planning for some time and will make some signings,” said the Reading manager. Huddlestone has played in almost 150 Premier league matches for Tottenham. He was one of the first-team regulars under Harry Redknapp, but has found first-team opportunities limited under the current manager Andre Villas-Boas.

MORE PATIENCE

The Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone has said that the fans should be a little more patience before they get to see the team play at the best. The club recently appointed the former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas as a replacement for Harry Redknapp, who left his position at the end of last season. The former Portsmouth manager helped the team finished in the fourth position twice in the last three seasons.

However, they have made a poor start to the season this time around under the new management. Even though they currently lie in the sixth position, the fans are extremely disappointed at the lack of the fast flowing football.

It was a trademark of the Harry Redknapp era due to the presence of excellent wingers in the form of Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon. However, they have been slightly restricted under the new management, which has been the cause of concern amongst Spurs fans. Tom Huddlestone, who has been one of the impressive players for the club in recent weeks, has said that the fans need to show more patience because the players are still getting accustomed to the new style of management. Tottenham lost in the most surprising fashion to Wigan Athletic at home during the weekend.

“It is hard for the fans. They have watched some good football over the last four years in the gung-ho style. I think now they have got to be patient. The manager is still trying to get his ideas across and the lads are still getting fully used to what he wants us to do. A lot of it is on rigid team shape, whereas under previous regimes the initiative has been given to the players to express themselves,” said the defensive midfielder ahead of the match with NK Maribor in the Europa league.

AVB RESTS REGULARS

The manager of Tottenham Hotspur, Andre Villas Boas, has decided to rest some of the regular first team players for the Capital One Cup match against Carlisle United which is going to be played on Wednesday, according to the Tottenham news website.

Due to this, many of the second choice players of Tottenham will get the opportunity to play in that match and the English midfielder Tom Huddlestone is one of them.

Huddlestone hasn’t been included in the first XI of Tottenham even once in the ongoing season. But, the English midfielder is expected to be given his first starting chance in Wednesday’s match.

The last season hadn’t gone well for Huddlestone at all. He got injured in the earlier part of the season and he had to miss the rest of the season. He managed to feature only four times for the Spurs in the last season.

Huddlestone regained 100% fitness at the start of the current season and he made his comeback by playing in the pre season friendly match against Stevenage.

He played his first match of the 2012-13 season against Norwich City. He had substituted Jermain Defoe in the 81st minute of that match.

Huddlestone hasn’t been able to grab the limited opportunities that he has got in the ongoing season so far. But, the Wednesday’s match against Carlisle is going to be a big match for him. He will have to prove that he deserves to be included in the starting line up more often than not.

When asked about Wednesday’s match, Huddlestone said, “If I get included in the first XI for Wednesday’s match, it will be a big opportunity for me. I haven’t got enough opportunities to play in the recent times and I desperately want to spend some time out there in the middle.

“If I get the starting opportunity against Carlisle, I will try to make the most out of that opportunity.”

BACK TO FULL FITNESS

Tom Huddlestone has said that he has recovered from his ankle injury completely and is desperately waiting for the upcoming season. Huddlestone played in a pre season friendly match against Angeles Galaxy. The match ended in a draw. After the match, Huddlestone said that it’s fantastic to play for Tottenham Hotspur again.

As per Huddlestone, the last season was a nightmare for him. He started the season well and played in four matches. But, after that, he discovered a serious ankle injury which ruled him out of the side for several months. Huddlestone has been with Tottenham since 2006. He played his first match for Tottenham in September 2006 in the UEFA Cup. His first goal for Tottenham was against Port Vale in a match of the League Cup.

Meanwhile, according to some reports, Fulham has shown interest in Huddlestone. On being asked about that, Huddlestone said that he has no plans of leaving Tottenham in the near future. He has enjoyed playing for the club till now. He has a great tuning with the players of the team and he wants to continue playing for Tottenham for many years.

Meanwhile, Andre Villas-Boas has been appointed as the new manager of Tottenham Hotspur. On being asked about the new manager, Huddlestone said that AVB has quite a lot of experience as a manager and he can help the players a lot. Andre Villas-Boas was terminated from the post of the manager of Chelsea a few months ago.

There have been reports that the senior players of Chelsea were not happy with AVB and they had talked to Roman Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea, about the bizarre strategies of AVB. On being asked about the termination of AVB from the post of Chelsea’s manager, Huddlestone said that he doesn’t want to comment on that. But, he said that Tottenham Hotspur has a young squad and AVB would not have to face any problem in gelling with the players.

JOL WANTS HUDDLESTONE

Former Tottenham manager and the current Fulham manager Martin Jol is reportedly looking at the possibility of bringing Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone in the summer transfer window.

The 25-year-old only has a year left on his current deal with Tottenham, who finished the last season in the fourth position. However, they have failed to qualify for the Champions League this season as a result of Chelsea winning the trophy. This coupled with the exit of Harry Redknapp, who favoured Tom Huddlestone a lot, has meant that the future of the 25-year-old at Tottenham has become extremely doubtful.

It is thought that new Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas would be willing to sell the player in order to raise some cash much needed to bring in the Portuguese midfielder Moutinho. He is expected to cost around £ 32 million. As a result, Villas-Boas is left with no other options than to sell star names like Tom Huddlestone, with his former manager Martin Jol keen to be reunited with him at Craven cottage. Fulham have already lost an influential midfielder in the form of Danny Murphy, with other key names expected to leave the club in the summer. Tom Huddlestone could prove to be a key signing for Tottenham given his exceptional passing skills, which are very similar to Danny Murphy.

New Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has said that winning the title with his new club is his major ambitions. He is expected to have a transfer kitty of around £ 100 million if he is able to sell some of the star names like Tom Huddlestone and Luka Modric in the summer. The Croatian midfielder has been linked with a £ 35 million move to Real Madrid, although it is thought that Tottenham will not be willing to sell him for less than £ 50 million.

UEFA WILL REVIEW SPURS SITUATION

The European football regulation body UEFA has said that it will be reviewing the plan to allow only four clubs from England to qualify for the next season’s Champions League.

Tottenham finished in the fourth position in the league after the spectacular season, although they could have easily finished in the third position had it not been for a late-season wobble.

Chelsea, though, managed to qualify for the next season’s Champions League after having won the trophy itself for the first time in the history. Despite finishing only in the sixth position, Chelsea will be in the Champions League group stages next season as the defending champions. It would also mean that Tottenham would be relegated to the Europa league.

This is a major decision since being in the group stages of the Champions League is vastly different from being in the group stages of the Europa league. Even with the Europa league title in the hands, a club will not be able to make more than £ 10 million from revenue. However, just playing in the six group matches of the Champions League will provide the team with £ 35 million in revenue. Even more important is the fact that players will start to leave chasing Champions League football, which has led to manager Harry Redknapp branding the rule as unfair.

“We can always change the rules. We can always discuss the rules, but not during the competition. We have decided not to change the rules or regulations of the competition for three years. So in three years we can change, that means we will come back if you wish. Everything can be discussed, the rules, yellow cards, but not during the competition. Perhaps in the next executive committee we can speak about it. I can put that, but they may say no,” said UEFA President Michel Platini.

PAV SHOULD BE STAYING

Harry Redknapp has said that Tottenham will not be allowing the striker Roman Pavlyuchenko to leave in the January transfer window.

The striker scored the only goal of the game in the match against Sunderland to give Tottenham precious three points ahead of their crucial home game against Chelsea. Tottenham came into the match against Sunderland having lost against Stoke city. It looked to be an important match because it had Sunderland taken something from White Hart Lane, it would have totally destroyed the great start Spurs have made to the season. However, Roman Pavlyuchenko saved Harry Redknapp’s blushes and the manager has come out in support of his player.

He has said that Roman Pavlyuchenko would not be allowed to leave Tottenham under any conditions in the January transfer window. It Tottenham sold striker Peter Crouch to Stoke city only in the summer and the departure of Pavlyuchenko will only add to the lack of options for Harry Redknapp. Another striker, Jermain Defoe, has already been speaking about leaving Tottenham in the January transfer window if he does not get the opportunity to play regularly. Jermain Defoe has been in and out of the team in recent seasons, but it cannot be compared with Roman Pavlyuchenko.

Roman Pavlyuchenko has been unable to get any games for Tottenham recently. However, Harry Redknapp has said that the goal against Sunderland will make him in contention for a starting place against Chelsea. “He didn’t start the season great. He’s a fantastic player. He’s got real talent. He’s got great ability, I think. He’s got a good left foot, a good right foot and is a great finisher. He’s top drawer but he’s just been unlucky,” Redknapp said. Martin O’Neill is thought to have enquired about his services.