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    Jose Mourinho slams Tottenham as only club he doesn’t have a ‘close bond’ with and fires dig at Daniel Levy

    JOSE MOURINHO has put the boot into Tottenham by claiming they are the only club in his career with which he does not have a “close bond”.The Special One was in charge of Spurs from November 2019 until April 2021, when he was sacked one week before the League Cup final.
    Jose Mourinho says Spurs is the only club he doesn’t have a ‘close bond’ withCredit: Getty
    Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy sacked Jose Mourinho in 2021Credit: Action Images
    Mourinho claimed this lack of affection to the North Londoners is partly down to the majority of his time at the club being during Covid shutout to fans.
    And also due to chairman Daniel Levy, who took the decision to ruthlessly axe the Portuguese ahead of that final, not “giving him much”.
    Mourinho is now in charge of Italian side Roma, where he has got his trophy-winning habit back on track with Europa Conference League success last term and is into the Europa League final this season.
    The former Chelsea and Manchester United chief, 60, said: “The only club I’ve coached in my career that I don’t have great feelings for is Tottenham.
    “I hope that I will not be misunderstood by the Tottenham fans, but it is the only club that I do not have a close relationship with.
    “Perhaps because during the period that I coached the club the stadium was empty due to COVID and because President Levy did not give me much.”
    Mourinho has bossed ten clubs, also including Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, and has won 21 major trophies.
    He was the first of three pragmatic managers Levy has hired and fired in the last four years, followed by Nuno Espirito Santo and Antonio Conte.
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    That League Cup final, which Spurs lost 1-0 to Manchester City with Ryan Mason in interim charge, was the last major final Tottenham played.
    Mourinho heads into his sixth European final with a 100 per cent winning ratio.
    And he will put the record on the line against Sevilla in Budapest next Wednesday.
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    Tottenham considering shock move for Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou after missing out on Arne Slot

    TOTTENHAM have now set their sights on Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou – after Arne Slot ruled himself out.SunSport understands Postecoglou, 57, is among Spurs’ targets after missing out on Feyenoord’s Dutch boss.
    Tottenham are considering a shock move for Celtic boss Ange PostecoglouCredit: Getty
    He has impressed hugely with his work north of the border, winning back-to-back league and League Cup doubles by playing expansive, exciting football.
    The style of play could be a key factor in any possible switch to Spurs given Daniel Levy promised on Saturday the team would serve up fare next season that fans would “love to come and watch”.
    Should Levy turn to the Bhoys chief, he would not be the only Aussie to arrive at Spurs this summer, with Scott Munn beginning his role as chief football officer on July 1.
    Postecoglou and Munn have both previously worked for the City Football Group – the umbrella company that owns Manchester City and 11 other clubs worldwide.
    Munn was chief executive of Melbourne City before taking over as CEO of the Chinese arm of City Football Group in 2019.
    Meanwhile Athens-born Postecoglou bossed City’s Japanese side Yokohama F Marinos for three years before taking over at Celtic in 2021.

    Free agent Luis Enrique has also been linked with the vacant position but SunSport believes Spurs are more likely to go for a manager who is currently in a job.
    Postecoglou is contracted to Celtic on a one-year rolling deal meaning compensation to hire him should not prove too costly.
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    It is believed that was one of the hitches in any bid to bring Slot to the club.
    The 44-year-old had a release clause of around £5.7million but that did not kick in until NEXT summer, meaning it was up to Spurs to agree a compensation package to take him now.
    Dutch sources suggest there was a significant difference in valuation.
    And when Feyenoord made it clear they would not budge in talks with Slot’s agent, Rafaela Pimenta, on Wednesday, any possible exit was ruled out.
    Slot today insisted there had been no conversations about his exit, only over signing a new contract at Feyenoord which he is set to do.
    While Spurs sources maintain they have held no discussions with Slot or Feyenoord over any possible move.
    Former AZ Alkmaar boss Slot said: “I have been hearing a lot of rumours going around about other interest in me.
    “Although I am thankful, my wish is to stay at Feyenoord and continue working on what we created last year.
    “There is not – and there has not been – transfer conversation and yesterday’s meeting was exclusively for an extension.
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    “All talks with the club have always been only in that sense. Looking forward to next season with Feyenoord.”
    It is 60 days tomorrow since Antonio Conte, Spurs’ last permanent manager, left the club. More

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    Arsenal and Tottenham battling it out for ‘frightening’ young defender backed to become one of world’s best stars

    BOTH Arsenal and Tottenham are keen on signing promising young centre-back Edmond Tapsoba, according to reports.Tapsoba has been linked with a move away from Bayer Leverkusen, with Premier League clubs circling.
    Edmond Tapsoba has been an important first-team player for the German club this seasonCredit: Getty
    Tapsoba was also nominated for African player of the Year in 2022Credit: Reuters
    The Burkina Faso international has made 46 appearances for his club this season, and his performances have attracted a lot of interest.
    According to transfers expert Fabrizio Romano, the defender has been an Arsenal target since his first season in Germany.
    However, Mikel Arteta’s side will now face competition from their North London rivals Tottenham to sign the star.
    Both clubs could do with bolstering their central defence over the summer.
    After all, William Saliba’s injury was disastrous for the Gunners’ title charge.
    While Spurs fans believe that Eric Dier could do with greater competition.
    Tapsoba has also won 34 caps for Burkina Faso and played at the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, which saw him nominated for the African Player of the Year award.
    Last year, the Bundesliga website sung his praises, calling him a “powerful and super-quick defender” with “frightening heading abilities”.
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    Meanwhile, his former coach at Vitoria Guimaraes has backed him for stardom.
    Ivo Vieira said: “I’m sure he will continue his development and become one of the greatest players in the world.
    “He can end up where he wants to. At one of the world’s biggest clubs.”
    Leverkusen are rumoured to be demanding around £60m to pry Tapsoba out of their hands.
    Arsenal have qualified for Champions League football next season, and they will be hoping to compete for the other major trophies as well.
    But Spurs are competing with Aston Villa to secure a position in the third tier of European football – the Europa Conference League – next year. More

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    Fans convinced Kane will have to manage Tottenham after Slot rules out move as they slam ‘another embarrassing episode’

    TOTTENHAM fans have mocked their own club by claiming Harry Kane could end up becoming their new manager.Earlier this week, Feyenoord boss Arne Slot was tipped as the frontrunner to succeed Antonio Conte.
    Some Tottenham fans have joked Harry Kane could end up as their new head coachCredit: Getty
    Arne Slot revealed on Thursday he is staying at FeyenoordCredit: PA
    But he snubbed Spurs’ interest on Thursday and has opted to stay with the Dutch champions next season.
    It comes after Xabi Alonso and Vincent Kompany both ruled themselves out.
    The likes of Julian Nagelsmann, Luis Enrique, Luciano Spalletti and Brendan Rodgers remain in the frame.
    But the Lilywhites faithful are now so uninspired by the search for their new head coach that they hilariously joked Kane could be forced to do it himself.
    Reacting to the news about Slot, one social media user said: “At this rate, Harry Kane will retire and become the next Spurs manager for next year.”
    While another added: “Hear me out, Harry Kane player manager, two birds one stone and all that.”
    And a third responded: “Harry Kane, player/manager incoming.”
    Kane, the club’s all-time record scorer, has been heavily linked with a move away from North London this summer as he prepares to enter the final 12 months of his Spurs contract.
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    Manchester United are understood to be circling for the England captain – who is set to miss out on European competition altogether next season if he stays with Tottenham.
    Meanwhile, other fans simply vented their anger at the club.
    A furious Spurs fan replied: “It’s hard to remember a time when I log onto this app [Twitter] and there is actual good news related to Spurs.
    “Another embarrassing episode. Throw the sink at Nagelsmann.”
    A fellow Tottenham supporter agreed, adding: “Another joke of a management search by this board. Completely embarrassing!” More

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    Tottenham star Harry Kane delivers damning verdict on ‘the failures of the club’ amid Man Utd transfer speculation

    HARRY KANE fired a clear message at Daniel Levy by claiming “a lot needs to change” to stop Spurs being “failures”.Chairman Levy was taunted  after Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Brentford.
    Spurs striker Harry Kane admits there are huge problems at his clubCredit: Getty
    And Kane, who may have played his last home game for Tottenham, said: “A lot needs to change here for us to start being successful again.
    “There is a conversation to be had  in terms of the failures of the club.
    “My focus is to enjoy this final week as much as possible and try and finish the season with a win.
    “I am focused on this season and trying to help the team as much as possible. That is all I can do.”
    England captain Kane, 29, netted a stunner to open the scoring against Brentford.
    But he looked shell-shocked as Spurs collapsed and shipped three second-half goals to leave their European hopes hanging by a thread.
    Spurs cranked up the music to drown out fans’ boos and Kane and his team-mates took part in a traditional lap of appreciation after full-time.
    Kane added: “You feel responsible. We have to take it on the chin and get ready for next week.”
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    He has 211 Premier League goals as he enters the final year of his contract —  49 short of  Alan Shearer’s record of 260.
    Match of the Day pundit Shearer  said: “I don’t think any Tottenham fan could complain if he said, ‘I’ve done my time and  have got to look elsewhere’.”
    Feyenoord boss Arne Slot left the door open on Sunday for a move to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
    Dennis te Kloese, director of the Dutch club, revealed he had rejected an approach from Spurs — and expects Slot, 44, to do the same.
    But Slot, who has guided Feyenoord to a first league title in six years, said: “Everyone needs clarity quickly. I rejected Leeds in the winter and now I’m staying or leaving.
    “My departure can also be good for the club but if there is no dream club then I will stay.
    “It is not forbidden that I talk to other clubs.” More

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    Harry Kane waves at Tottenham fans during lap of honour, but Ryan Mason insists he was NOT saying goodbye

    TOTTENHAM interim manager Ryan Mason has dismissed suggestions that Harry Kane was waving goodbye to fans following the club’s 3-1 defeat to Brentford on Saturday.Kane, 29, joined his teammates on a lap of honour after the full-time whistle to mark Tottenham’s final home game of the season.
    Kane joined his Tottenham teammates on a lap of honour on SaturdayCredit: Getty
    The striker was seen waving to fansCredit: Alamy

    While walking around the pitch with his family, the striker was seen waving to fans amid ongoing speculation surrounding his future at the club.
    Some supporters believed he was waving goodbye to to Spurs after 14 years in north London.
    One person took to Twitter to say: “Dunno if this is the last time I’ll see Harry Kane but I will say my goodbyes just in case. Greatest ever player I’ve seen in a Spurs shirt. My striker.”
    While another added: “Is this the final Goodbye from Harry Kane?”
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    But Mason has insisted that Kane’s actions were not out of the ordinary.
    During his post-match press conference, the 31-year-old said: “No, he waves at the crowd every season.
    “I remember sitting here two years ago, and you guys were convinced he was leaving, saying the same thing.
    “It’s the last home game of the season so he wants to show his appreciation to the support he’s received, and we’ve all received this season.”
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    Kane has been heavily linked with a move away from Tottenham in recent months.
    Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is reportedly eager to lure him to Old Trafford.
    But Spurs chief Daniel Levy is demanding £100m for the club’s all-time top goalscorer.
    Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are also understood to be interested in signing the the striker. More

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    Tottenham ‘reopen talks with Nagelsmann for manager’s job but German coach demands assurance over key appointment’

    JULIAN NAGELSMANN is reportedly back in the running to be Tottenham manager but he is demanding assurances over the club’s new sporting director.The German, 35, was the leading contender to become permanent successor to Antonio Conte, who left the club in March.
    Julian Nagelsmann is reportedly back in talks with Tottenham to become managerCredit: Getty
    But Spurs appeared to have decided against making a move for Nagelsmann and insisted that they had NOT met the ex-Bayern Munich boss.
    However, now The Times says that talks have “resumed” but Nagelsmann “wants to know who will replace Fabio Paratici before committing himself” to the Premier League club.
    The Italian has been hit with a worldwide ban by Fifa which led to his enforced resignation from his position as managing director of football at Spurs.
    This fresh update states that Nagelsmann is “understood to have recommended candidates for the job” to Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.
    His agent has previously claimed that his client, who was axed by Bayern Munich in March, snubbed talks with Chelsea to replace Graham Potter as the Blues were in “troubled waters”.
    That was as well as him having concerns over “their transfer policy” and “other issues”. 
    Eintracht Frankfurt sporting director Markus Krosche, who worked with Nagelsmann at Leipzig, is one contender to replace Paratici.
    Brentford’s technical director, Lee Dykes, and Roma general manager, Tiago Pinto, are also believed to be in the running for the job.
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    Spurs have been without a permanent boss since Conte departed on March 27, 47 days ago. 
    The Italian’s assistant Cristian Stellini was handed the reins on an interim basis until he himself was sacked following the 6-1 defeat at Newcastle last month and replaced by Ryan Mason until the end of the season.
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    Peter Crouch lifts lid on private chat with Harry Kane amid Man Utd transfer talk and reveals his ‘only one real option’

    PETER CROUCH has revealed Harry Kane refused to give a straight answer on his future during a private chat with the former Tottenham man.The England skipper, 29, opened the scoring with a breathtaking strike in the first half of Spurs’ home game against Brentford on Saturday.
    Kane’s contract at Tottenham is set to expire next summerCredit: Alamy
    Peter Crouch has revealed he had a private chat with Kane about his Spurs futureCredit: Getty
    Many are speculating whether it may have been Kane’s final appearance at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium amid speculation surrounding a potential move away.
    He is preparing to enter the final 12 months of his contract in North London.
    Manchester United are being heavily linked with a move for the Lilywhites’ all-time record scorer.
    And Crouch, 42, who spent two seasons with Tottenham between 2009 and 2011, revealed before the game with Brentford that he had discussed Kane’s future with the man himself.
    Speaking on BT Sport, he said: “I did ask him the question (is it his last home game for Spurs) and he was very diplomatic in his answer. I don’t think even he knows. 
    “He might have ambitions to go somewhere else and potentially win a trophy but it’s not just down to him, he still has a year left.
    “There’s a man at the club that doesn’t want to lose his star player and what would it mean to these fans to lose a player of Kane’s calibre?
    “Where can he go? Manchester City City is sewn up now. Manchester United is the only real option I can see. You can’t go to Chelsea. You can’t go to Arsenal.
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    “Newcastle is potentially an option but I still feel that’s a sideways move. Newcastle got great potential but I feel like he might as well stay at Tottenham.”
    Kane has scored 277 goals in 433 appearances for Spurs.
    And while the team have endured a disappointing campaign, Kane has maintained a fine goalscoring record – bagging 30 goals in 48 games.
    It is understood he would set Man Utd back around £100million if they attempted to sign him this summer.
    But the Red Devils are also interested in Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, while Benfica’s Goncalo Ramos is also in the frame.
    After Crouch’s comments, Rio Ferdinand added: “You need the answer from him. We need to hear from Harry. He’s very guarded on what he wants to talk about regarding his future which is understandable.
    “It’s down to what he sees as the benchmark for his career. What does he want out of his career?
    “Does he want to beat the personal accolades of being top goal scorer for England, a one club man at Spurs and dominating all the stats? Or does he want more onus on it being a team sport and winning things as a team?'” More