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Tottenham take £175m Bank of England loan to ease coronavirus impact

tor, 04/06/2020 - 16:40
  • Spurs fear losing more than £200m of revenue to June 2021
  • Loan will not be used to buy new players in summer

Tottenham have borrowed £175m from the Bank of England to help them through the next year or so, as they respond to the financial destruction of the Covid-19 crisis.

The club fear that they may lose more than £200m of revenue in the period from the start of lockdown to June 2021, including broadcast rebates, and they have sought help from the government’s Covid corporate financing facility lending scheme, which has provided them with the unsecured loan. It is repayable in full next April at a rate of 0.5%, which is low in commercial terms, although Spurs could redraw it for another year.

Related: Premier League clubs agree to five substitutions and nine players on bench

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Tottenham reveal unnamed player has tested positive for coronavirus

ons, 03/06/2020 - 21:32
  • Spurs say player will self-isolate for seven days
  • Only one positive test from 1,197 players and staff

Tottenham have revealed that one of their players has tested positive for Covid-19 and will self-isolate for seven days, although he is not experiencing any symptoms of the virus. The London club want to keep his identity confidential. It is understood he is not a key first-team player.

The positive test was the only one from the Premier League’s fifth and latest round of screening, which took in 1,197 players and members of staff at the 20 clubs – representing another boost on the road to Project Restart.

Related: Relegation, repayments and pileups: six Premier League restart problems | David Hytner

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Tottenham's Son Heung-min says he enjoyed his 'tough' military service

ons, 03/06/2020 - 12:25
  • South Korean finished shorter period of service over lockdown
  • ‘We spent every day together in one room, 10 people very close’

The Tottenham forward Son Heung-min has described his military service in South Korea as “tough” but said he was able to enjoy it during the Premier League’s enforced hiatus.

All South Korean men must complete mandatory military service by the age of 28 but Son, who turns 28 in July, avoided missing any time for Tottenham as he completed his last month of service with the season in England suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Related: Some Premier League clubs to face three matches in seven days

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Everton hopeful of staging Liverpool derby at Goodison Park

tir, 02/06/2020 - 17:58
  • Everton ask safety group to convene meeting
  • Merseyside police have no objections to game

Everton are hopeful of staging the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park when the Premier League season restarts after requesting a meeting of the local safety advisory group.

Liverpool’s visit to Goodison on 20 June, when Jürgen Klopp’s team could win the club’s first league title in 30 years, was among several “high-risk” matches that Mark Roberts, the UK’s national football police chief, wanted switched to neutral venues amid concerns over demands on police and fans gathering outside stadiums.

Related: Jonjoe Kenny: 'I came to the Bundesliga to push my comfort zone'

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Harry Kane says Tottenham have to be near-perfect to finish in top four

lør, 30/05/2020 - 15:35
  • ‘We have to win seven or eight to get into Champions League’
  • Spurs’ hopes boosted by key players returning from injury

Harry Kane thinks Tottenham will have to win “seven or eight” of their remaining nine Premier League games if they are to get in the Champions League next season. Spurs’ hopes were in tatters before the season shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic but the three-month hiatus has given them a chance to resurrect their push to finish inside the top four.

Kane, Son Heung-min, Steven Bergwijn – who were all due to miss most of the rest of the season – and Moussa Sissoko are now fully fit for the proposed restart on 17 June. They are still up against it, sitting seven points off fourth-placed Chelsea, but have key games against Manchester United, Sheffield United, Arsenal and Leicester, while they will hope that Manchester City’s appeal against their European ban is rejected.

Related: José Mourinho predicts fewer 'crazy' transfers after football returns

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José Mourinho predicts fewer 'crazy' transfers after football returns

ons, 27/05/2020 - 12:49
  • Financial hit will force clubs to spend sensibly, Mourinho says
  • Spurs manager also wants transfer window extended

José Mourinho has predicted there will be fewer “crazy” transfers after football returns from shutdown.

Tottenham signed Steven Bergwijn for £27m from PSV Eindhoven in January, while also breaking their club record to acquire Tanguy Ndombele for £55m last summer but Mourinho believes the Premier League, and leagues around the world, will need a different approach because of the coronavirus crisis having hit clubs’ finances.

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Mauricio Pochettino: 'I'm so happy José is at Tottenham, replacing me'

fre, 22/05/2020 - 22:30

The former Spurs manager formally severed ties with the club this week and dreams of ‘the perfect club, the perfect project’

Mauricio Pochettino finesses a full lockdown beard as he Zooms in from his north London home, whites and greys vying for prominence, but everything else is reassuringly familiar, as though he were still sitting behind that long desk at Tottenham’s training base, elevated on stage, answering questions at his weekly press briefing.

There is the warmth and big-heartedness, the mischief, the machismo, the patented ability to blow his own trumpet in a matter-of-fact kind of way. There is the emotion, the extravagant rambling, the flirting with potential suitors. And, of course, there are the anecdotes, the ones that hook and enthral.

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I still think the Premier League is the best in the world. It's one of the options … and can be my priority

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Serge Aurier facing Tottenham fine after breaking lockdown rules for third time

ons, 20/05/2020 - 17:05
  • Full-back posted pictures on Instagram after getting a haircut
  • Club investigating and ‘will deal with the incident appropriately’

Serge Aurier is facing a club fine after his latest breach of physical distancing rules sparked exasperation at Tottenham.

The full-back uploaded pictures to Instagram showing him getting a haircut, tagging in the barber, Justin Carr, and writing: “Yes sir, le coiffeur est bon?” It is unclear when Aurier got the haircut but the post was made on Tuesday evening. Hairdressers are closed under UK government regulations.

Related: Watford's Adrian Mariappa reveals he tested positive for coronavirus

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Harry Kane donates Leyton Orient shirt sponsorship to good causes

tor, 14/05/2020 - 18:10
  • Spurs striker played for Orient in 2011
  • Orient’s three kits to display different causes

Harry Kane has bought the shirt sponsorship for next season’s Leyton Orient kit.

Related: Blackburn's title memories and the threat to amateur football – Football Weekly Extra

Very proud to announce that I'm supporting the club that gave me my first pro start and three amazing causes by sponsoring @leytonorientfc's shirts for the 2020/21 season. pic.twitter.com/hTh1M7xNf3

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José Mourinho 'desperate' for Premier League to restart as soon as it is safe

tor, 14/05/2020 - 14:28
  • Spurs manager conscious Bundesliga will return this weekend
  • Mourinho proud of squad’s ‘dedication and passion’ in lockdown

José Mourinho has spelled out his desire to return to training and playing at the earliest opportunity – pending the all-clear from the government and health authorities.

The Tottenham manager has previously spoken of his determination to complete the season even if it means matches being played without fans and his competitive juices have been further stirred by the return of the Bundesliga this weekend.

Related: Brighton's Glenn Murray fears Premier League is being rushed back too soon

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Dele Alli injured during 'horrible' knifepoint robbery at his home

ons, 13/05/2020 - 23:10
  • Tottenham midfielder hit in face by jewellery raiders
  • ‘Thank you for all the messages … we’re all okay now’

Dele Alli has been injured during a robbery at his home in north London. The Tottenham midfielder was held at knifepoint and punched after burglars broke in during the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Related: Jan Vertonghen's family robbed at knifepoint while Spurs were in Leipzig

Thank you for all the messages. Horrible experience but we’re all okay now. Appreciate the support.

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Danny Rose and Raheem Sterling reveal doubts about football's return to action

tir, 12/05/2020 - 00:20
  • The Premier League is pencilled in for a June restart
  • Both players were speaking on social media channels

The England internationals Danny Rose and Raheem Sterling have indicated their discomfort with a Premier League return to action amid the coronavirus crisis.

As top-flight clubs thrash out plans for a resumption in June, with Monday seeing the latest stage in negotiations, the Tottenham full-back Rose, on loan at Newcastle, offered a withering assessment during an Instagram Live, also questioning the idea that sport would help raise the population’s spirits.

Related: Premier League hopes to finish season at home grounds not neutral venues

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