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Steven Bergwijn: ‘His brother said you will score for Appie … I did it’

Tottenham’s £25m signing from PSV Eindhoven is a childhood friend of Appie Nouri, the Ajax youngster who suffered permanent brain damage in 2017Steven Bergwijn was running in celebration before his debut goal for Tottenham against Manchester City hit t…

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Hasenhüttl’s death-or-glory rejig revives Southampton’s menace | David Hytner

It took a 9-0 humiliation for the manager to switch to his beloved 4-2-2-2 system but improvement has been dramaticFor Ralph Hasenhüttl and Southampton, the first three months of the season felt like an ordeal but the tone had been set from the very st…

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Ajax announce deal to sell Hakim Ziyech to Chelsea for fee rising to €44m

Initial fee for winger is €40m and he will join on 1 JulyChelsea had hoped to sign Morocco international in JanuaryAjax have agreed a €40m (£33.6m) deal, potentially rising to €44m, to sell Hakim Ziyech to Chelsea in the summer.The 26-year-old will com…

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Chelsea agree €40m deal to sign Hakim Ziyech from Ajax in summer

Ziyech part of Frank Lampard’s reshaping of attacking optionsChelsea tried to sign 26-year-old Moroccan in JanuaryChelsea have reached an agreement in principle with Ajax to sign Hakim Ziyech at the end of the season for €40m (£33.6m) plus add-ons.Fran…

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Mourinho digs out his undersized blanket to deal with Spurs challenges | David Hytner

After 11 weeks in charge, the Tottenham boss is playing to the gallery with his tough love and ruthless gesturesJosé Mourinho has problems at Tottenham. You may have heard of them but here is a precis. In the absence of Harry Kane he has no centre-forw…

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José Mourinho says he does not expect Harry Kane to play for Spurs until May

• Manager targets last two games of season for recovering striker• England concerned over captain’s fitness for Euro 2020José Mourinho expects Harry Kane to play only two Premier League games before Euro 2020. The Tottenham manager has been without Kan…

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Ryan Bertrand: ‘I went to the Isle of Dogs … it sparked my business interest’

Southampton defender discusses his passion for business, how to deal with racism and why the walloping by Leicester was neededRyan Bertrand was glued to the footage of the government summit from Dubai in February 2014, specifically the talk on how to b…

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Ryan Bertrand: ‘I went to the Isle of Dogs … it sparked my business interest’

Southampton defender discusses his passion for business, how to deal with racism and why the walloping by Leicester was neededRyan Bertrand was glued to the footage of the government summit from Dubai in February 2014, specifically the talk on how to b…

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José Mourinho says he ‘cannot lie’ after transfer window frustrations

• Spurs manager could not find cover for injured Harry Kane• Mourinho says Christian Eriksen played ‘with limitations’José Mourinho has made no attempt to hide his frustration at Tottenham’s failure to sign a striker in January, saying he is “going to …

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From Danish dinner to Inter move: how Spurs lost control in Eriksen saga

Midfielder declined to commit when he met Pochettino in Copenhagen in 2018 and set the clock ticking on his departureFor Mauricio Pochettino, it was time for a charm offensive and the target was Christian Eriksen. It was shortly after the end of the 20…

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Mourinho reignites Conte feud over Internazionale’s pursuit of Eriksen

• ‘Is it a question of respect?’ asks Tottenham’s manager• Mourinho ‘surprised’ that Conte has spoken publiclyJosé Mourinho has reignited his feud with Antonio Conte by accusing him of meddling in Christian Eriksen’s proposed transfer from Tottenham to…

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Tanganga, Eriksen and two very different Tottenham tales

As Eriksen pushes to leave Spurs the excitement felt by Tanganga at making a first-team mark is strikingAs Christian Eriksen made his latest attempt to say goodbye to Tottenham, having earlier been jeered by sections of the home crowd, it was difficult…

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Tottenham loan teenage winger Jack Clarke to Queens Park Rangers

• Spurs move player who had limited opportunities at Leeds• Club set to announce loan signing of Fernandes from BenficaJack Clarke was this afternoon putting the finishing touches to a loan move to Queens Park Rangers for the remainder of the season. T…

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Tottenham close to sealing loan deal for Benfica’s Gedson Fernandes

• Spurs set to beat West Ham to 18-month loan for 21-year-old• Midfielder also linked with Everton and Manchester UnitedTottenham have moved to finalise an 18-month loan for Gedson Fernandes and are confident they will be able to confirm his signing ne…

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Mourinho tries to avoid discussing Kane but bemoans lack of strikers

Spurs manager says his team ‘cannot play like we normally play’ without talismanic striker, who has been ruled out until AprilJosé Mourinho did not want to speak about Harry Kane. The pain of losing his talismanic striker to a hamstring rupture until A…

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Tottenham join chase for £30m Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek

• Spurs keen to sign a striker in January after Kane injury• Internazionale considering £20m bid for Christian EriksenTottenham will push to sign a striker this month as they react to the long-term absence of Harry Kane and they have joined the chase f…

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Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko out until at least mid-April after knee surgery

• Midfielder adds to José Mourinho’s long injury list• Sissoko hurt at Southampton but finished the matchMoussa Sissoko has undergone knee ligament surgery and will be out until mid-April at the earliest, dealing another blow to José Mourinho and Totte…

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José Mourinho expects long injury absence for ‘irreplaceable’ Harry Kane

• Manager awaits news on extent of hamstring injury• Spurs face Middlesbrough in FA Cup on SundayJosé Mourinho has made it clear that he expects bad news on Harry Kane’s hamstring injury lay-off, saying he is “totally convinced” he is going to be witho…

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Sokratis praises Mikel Arteta for bringing ‘fresh confidence’ to Arsenal

• Player says manager has brought structure and energy to team• Arsenal recorded first win of manager’s tenure on WednesdaySokratis Papastathopoulos says that Arsenal have found fresh confidence and expression in Mikel Arteta’s playing structure as he …

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Mikel Arteta wary of United threat to Arsenal’s weak defensive foundations

New manager believes his defence is structurally sound but Manchester United’s attackers will test that theoryNew Arsenal, same old Arsenal. There were 87 minutes on the Emirates Stadium clock last Sunday, the score was 1-1 against Chelsea and Arsenal …