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Caulker fine shows Spurs were right to sell

5:00 pm


Former Tottenham Hotspur central defender Steven Caulker, currently on loan at Lokomotiv Moscow from QPR, has appeared in court for being drunk and disorderly at Clapham Junction railway station on January 16th. After pleading guilty he was fined £650 and ordered to pay £85 costs.

This just demonstrates that it takes more than skill to become and maintain being a top footballer, just ask David Bentley who ruined his career through his off the field antics.

Caulker looked as if he had a promising career, he was even selected for England at one stage and highly thought of by Spurs fans. However fans don't see what happens off the pitch, fans generally don't see mentality, unless they know what they are looking for.

If you are a true top professional, you don't go out drinking. It is the culture in this country, but if you want to be a top footballer then you have to forego what your mates are doing and look after the temple that is your body.

Mauricio Pochettino demands players try to improve every day, not occasionally, but every day. It is the only way winners are made. If you can't do that then there is a flaw in your make-up and there will be someone else to take your place.

Clearly there is a flaw in the make-up of Caulker so we were perhaps right to sell him when we did, although it was he who demanded to leave so he could play regularly.

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Tottenham turn down chance to re-sign Caulker

11:30 am
Tottenham have decided that Steven Caulker is not the answer in central defence which may be due to his reportedly high wage demands.

Steven Caulker joins QPR


Tottenham had first refusal on him as part of the transfer deal which took him to Cardiff City but decided not to exercise it. The Welsh club still owe Tottenham money for the initial purchase which would have been against Financial Fair Play rules going into a new season so they won't have all the £8.5 million fee to spend on new players.

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The former Spurs centre-half has signed a four-year contract with QPR, a move I certainly felt was in the best interests of his long term career, given that he could learn from working with Rio Ferdinand every day.

“I am very excited to be here. It was important for me to be back playing in the Premier League, and Harry Redknapp has given me the opportunity to be at this fantastic club. 
“Harry was a big factor for me, having worked with him at Tottenham. He was very keen for me to join and that was a big plus, knowing the manager wants you. 
“Being able to play with Rio was also a big draw. He has been a role model of mine for many years, along with Ledley King. To have the opportunity to play alongside him was something I felt I couldn’t miss out on. 
“Our first aim this season has to be to get to 40 points, to make sure we stay up. That’s our first goal.”

Harry Redknapp was delighted to have signed the 22-year-old England international.

“Steven’s a top player, so we’re delighted to have him at QPR. I know the ability he has and I think it’s an important signing for the club – for the here and now, and for the future. I had him at Tottenham and I was very surprised when they decided to let him go last summer, because I thought he had a big future there. 
“He’s young; he’s a good age; he’s already a fine player but he has so much more potential – it’s a really excellent signing for the club.”
Caulker is another successful product of the youth system at Tottenham that Tim Sherwood turned around, one that now seems to produce a flow of Premier League standard footballers.

Jake Livermore and Steven Caulker are just two of the products that have changed hands this summer with Spurs picking up £7 million from Hull City. It's certainly paying it's way lately while performing the role it was set up for.


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Balotelli, Sánchez, Richards, Stoke, Lascelles, Caulker & Falcao

8:30 pm
Good morning, at least it is in the UK, and welcome once again to Tottenham News Shorts, quick bits of bitesize news surrounding Tottenham and or the glorious game of football, soccer to some.

Tottenham News Shorts


Before we get into today's Tottenham News Shorts - Issue 16 here is a quick reminder of some recent articles you may have missed. Click on the links to find out more and share on your favourite social media sites.

The end is neigh for Disco Benny and his back heel through the legs. The imminent arrival of Ben Davies is the nail in the coffin.

What Spurs could expect from Pochettino looked at his style before he signed for us so well worth catching up on now he has signed.

A make or break season for fans favourite, only kidding, Danny Rose suggests unless he makes significant improvement his long-term future is in question at Tottenham.

Right let's get into the Tottenham News Shorts - Issue 16, recent news which concerns Mario Balotelli, Alexis Sánchez, Micah Richards, Stoke City, Jamaal Lascelles, Steven Caulker and Radamel Falcao.

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AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has revealed he came close to selling 23 year-old striker Mario Balotelli to an unnamed Premier League club prior to the start of the World Cup. We were sniffing, Arsenal were serious so no prizes for guessing who that might have been then.

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United will monitor the situation of 25 year-old Alexis Sánchez with Arsenal and Liverpool both targeting signing the Chilean forward this summer, however Sanchez is not interested.

"I’ve said in the past that I’d like to play in Spain one day, because it is a league that is good technically, and where you get a lot of touches on the ball, which is my style.

"The Premier League is maybe a bit physical at this stage. But I am a Monaco player and I’m not thinking about anything like that at the moment. I am now just concentrating on Brazil, which is going to be a wonderful experience for us."
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Newcastle United manager complained the other day about the silly prices for home grown players after he was quoted £14 million for one not playing. It didn't take a genius to work out that that was 26 year-old Micah Richards at Newcastle United although the local paper for some reason took a guess at Andros Townsend.

Now the papers have learnt that it was indeed Micah Richards that was offered to them, a player who hasn't played for 2 years. Hardly surprising that we are not interested either at that price. Rather backs-up the article I wrote the other day, Manchester City Clearance & Sales Section.

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The Sentinal, which I assume is a Stoke based paper, report that Mark Hughes will be judging character as well as ability as he prepares to put the finishing touches to his squad for next season. Danny Rose has got 'character' Mr Hughes!

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Nottingham Forest have rejected QPR's £4 million bid for 20 year-old central defender Jamaal Lascelles. He is a player that interests many clubs, ourselves included but naturally Notts Forest want to keep hold of him.

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Trying to keep hold of a Premier League player in the Championship is a lost cause for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Cardiff City. Steven Caulker is free to leave with Tottenham having first refusal on his services. QPR want him as do half the Premier League clubs.

"However much we'd like to hold onto a player like Steven, I've found myself powerless due to clauses in contracts drawn up before I arrived at the club."
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Radamel Falcao is set to join Real Madrid after agreeing personal terms after just a year at AS Monaco. Manchester United offered him a massive contract according to El Mundo Deportivo that he stopped to consider before deciding on Real Madrid.

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The centre-back candidate fact files

10:30 am
Mauricio Pochettino, Daniel Levy and Franco Baldini identified three main areas of the squad that needed improving this summer.

The centre-back candidate fact files


One those three, striker, left-back and centre-back, two were identified as the main priorities, centre-back and left-back. Fábio Coentrão from Real Madrid was the chosen man last summer and failure to sign him meant a starting berth for Danny Rose at left-back.

In a previous article the Spurs Left-back Candidate Fact Files I took a look at the candidates from a statistical point of view. There is one new addition to that list now in Brazilian Marcelo, like Coentrão from Real Madrid.

Time then to move on to the centre-backs and look at our options, starting with existing players and then our targets.

Jan Vertonghen remains first-choice but the future of the rest remains in doubt. There is plenty of interest in club captain Michael Dawson and he seems to be emerging as the favourite to leave. Fiorentina have made an offer to Younès Kaboul while Vlad Chiricheș's agent is also negotiating with the Italians who have a centre-back we are interested in, Stefan Savić.

It's quite possible two centre-backs could come in during this window. Dejan Lovren, Stefan Savić and Héctor Moreno seem our preferred options with Steven caulker as the back-up.

We have however been refused permission to talk to Lovren so have conducted preliminary negotiations over Savić. Pochettino and Baldini were in Spain to discuss a potential Moreno deal last week. We have a first refusal option on Caulker. Relegated Cardiff City are in debt still owing us money from his purchase last summer.

Existing candidates centre-back

1. Jan Vertonghen
Belgium
27 years-old (28 on April 24th) Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur)
1.89 m (6ft 2in)
Under contract until 30th June 2016
Transfer Value £20 million (€25.02m)

The centre-back candidate fact files


Jan Vertonghen is the first-choice left sided centre-back who plays left-back for Belgium and doesn't like playing there for Spurs. A quality defender he let himself down badly last year with a series of displays that said I can't be bothered.

Injured at Anfield he looked delighted to be coming off and didn't play again for the rest of the season. Spurs fans will be expecting him to return to the quality defender we know he is, with his head in the right place.

Vertonghen made 23 appearances last season scoring no goals and created 9 chances. He had a 83% passing accuracy, an average pass length of 20m and won 67% of his duels. He made an average of 7 defensive actions and made 3 defensive errors. He received 4 yellow cards and 0 red cards.

2. Michael Dawson
England (home grown qualified)
30 years-old (31 on November 18th) Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur)
1.88 m (6ft 2in)
Under contract until 30th June 2016
Transfer Value £7 million (€8.76m)

The centre-back candidate fact files


Club captain Michael Dawson will be 31 in November. He rarely seems to be injured while all about him are on the treatment table. An old fashioned defender in as much as he throws himself in the way of everything while today's crop stick out a leg or even worse turn their back so precious doesn't get hurt.

Too slow to play a high line he proved everyone wrong in 2012/13 when he stopped a leaky defence and last season had constantly changing partners to worry about who were either coming back from injury, not interested or unable to adapt to the Premier League. Unsurprisingly it wasn't his best.


Dawson made 32 appearances last season scoring no goals and created 7 chances. He had a 82% passing accuracy, an average pass length of 23m and won 56% of his duels. He made an average of 11 defensive actions and made 4 defensive errors. He received 7 yellow cards and 0 red cards.

3. Younès Kaboul
France
28 years-old (29 on January 4th) Younès Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur)
1.90 m (6ft 2in)
Under contract until 30th June 2015
Transfer Value £7 million (€8.76m)

The centre-back candidate fact files


A quality defender who for one reason and another has only ever managed to give us one decent season. Has left Spurs in a dilemma having failed to recover any sort of form last season after his injury against Newcastle in August 2012.

He only has a year left on his contract so can leave for free next summer. Do Spurs give him another year in the hope he can recover form and thus earn a new contract or sell him now?

Kaboul made 13 appearances last season scoring 1 goal and created 6 chances. He had a 73% passing accuracy, an average pass length of 23m and won 59% of his duels. He made an average of 8 defensive actions and made 5 defensive errors. He received 1 yellow cards and 2 red cards (one rescinded).

4. Vlad Chiricheș
Romania
24 years-old (25 on November 14th) Vlad Chiricheș (Tottenham Hotspur)
1.84 m (6ft 0in)
Under contract until 30th June 2018
Transfer Value £10 million (€12.51m)


The centre-back candidate fact files

Vlad Chiricheș totally divides opinion, some overlook all the errors and see the ball playing skills, some overlook the ball playing skills and see all the errors. His agent claims he hasn't adapted to the Premier League and that the Italian league might suit his style of play better. If the club agree with that view then he'll be on his way, but Pochettino like a ball playing centre-half.

Chiricheș made 17 appearances last season scoring 1 goal and created 5 chances. He had a 89% passing accuracy, an average pass length of 21m and won 54% of his duels. He made an average of 7 defensive actions and made 2 defensive errors. He received 1 yellow cards and 0 red cards.

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Transfer Targets - Centre-back

1.Dejan Lovren
Croatia
24 year-old (25 July 5th) Dejan Lovren (Southampton)
1.88 m (6ft 2in)
Under contract until 30th June 2017
Transfer Value £15 million (€18.77m)

The centre-back candidate fact files


Reports suggest we immediately asked Southampton to talk to Lovren when we took Pochettino from them and were refused, he promptly handed in a transfer request by email that Southampton have not responded to. Clearly a top target then and I suspect the noises about Champions league are just to get away from the Saints.

Liverpool hold a strong interest but if the Lallana situation is anything to go by (Southampton added an extra £10 million to his transfer fee) then the Croatian will be overpriced.

Lovren made 31 appearances last season scoring 2 goals and created 4 chances. He had a 82% passing accuracy, an average pass length of 22m and won 58% of his duels. He made an average of 11 defensive actions and made 1 defensive errors. He received 7 yellow cards and 0 red cards.

2. Steven Caulker
England (home grown qualified)
22 year-old (23 on December 29th) Steven Caulker (Cardiff City)

1.91 m (6ft 3in)
Under contract until 30th June 2017
Transfer Value £8 million (€10.01m)

The centre-back candidate fact files


Transferred last summer to Cardiff City he has a clause in his contract giving Tottenham first option on buying him back. The Welsh sides relegation, debt and the fact they still owe us money from his purchase means he would be a cheap option to return to White Hart Lane in much the same way Younès Kaboul did when returning from Portsmouth.

Again Liverpool are interested in a player who on stats you could argue is the best of the candidates. Spurs are in need of finding a new stalwart for the club, a player to become the new Mr Tottenham, every club has them, perhaps he should now become ours, once Dawson goes there is not a figure to take his place.

Caulker made 38 appearances last season scoring 5 goals and created 9 chances. He had a 74% passing accuracy, an average pass length of 21m and won 58% of his duels. He made an average of 12 defensive actions and made 0 defensive errors. He received 1 yellow cards and 0 red cards.

3. Héctor Moreno
Mexico
26 year-old (27 January 17th) Héctor Moreno (Espanyol)
1.84 m (6ft 0in)
Under contract until 30th June 2016
Transfer Value £8 million (€10.01m)

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Mauricio Pochettino signed him from AZ Alkmaar for Espanyol and he promptly became Player of the Season for the Spanish club. He knows Pochettino's style and the Argentinian knows him so with stories that he and Baldini were in Barcelona with Espanyol representatives does indicate we are trying to sign the Mexican international who caught the eye against Brazil.

His stats are not particularly impressive, particularly the duels won but his displays for Mexico suggest there is a sense of being able to read the game and anticipate trouble. Has the knack (which is down to reading the game) of being in the right place at the right time. No premier league experience but all our signing can't flop in their first season.

Moreno made 32 appearances last season scoring 1 goals and created 7 chances. He had a 78% passing accuracy, an average pass length of 23m and won 47% of his duels. He made an average of 8 defensive actions and made 1 defensive error. He received 8 yellow cards and 0 red cards.

4. Stefan Savić
Montenegro
23 year-old (24 on January 8th) Stefan Savić (Fiorentina)
1.88 m (6ft 2in)
Under contract until 30th June 2016
Transfer Value £9 million (€11.26m)

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Was signed by Manchester City when he was only 19 and clearly wasn't ready for the Premier League yet. Has since gone to Italy and re-built his reputation as a quality centre-back.

Fiorentina are interested in taking Younes Kaboul and have been discussing a possible move for Vlad Chiriches with his agent so he would make a cheap option. He would have to prove he is ready for the Premier League, but is wanted by a host of top clubs which suggests he has improved significantly.

Savić made 31 appearances last season scoring no goals and created 3 chances. He had a 89% passing accuracy, an average pass length of 20m and won 58% of his duels. He made an average of 10 defensive actions and made 1 defensive error. He received 5 yellow cards and 0 red cards.


Quick Stats Guide

Jan Vertonghen - Premier League
Appearances: 23
Goals: 0
Chances created: 9
Passing accuracy: 83%
Average pass length: 20m
Duels won: 67%
Average defensive actions: 7
Defensive errors: 3
Yellow cards: 4
Red cards: 0

Michael Dawson - Premier League
Appearances: 32
Goals: 0
Chances created: 7
Passing accuracy: 82%
Average pass length: 23m
Duels won: 56%
Average defensive actions: 11
Defensive errors: 4
Yellow cards: 7
Red cards: 0

Younes Kaboul - Premier League
Appearances: 13
Goals: 1
Chances created: 6
Passing accuracy: 73%
Average pass length: 53m
Duels won: 59%
Average defensive actions: 8
Defensive errors: 5
Yellow cards: 1
Red cards: 2

Vlad Chiriches - Premier League
Appearances: 17
Goals: 1
Chances created: 5
Passing accuracy: 89%
Average pass length:21m
Duels won: 54%
Average defensive actions: 7
Defensive errors: 2
Yellow cards: 1
Red cards: 0

Transfer Targets

Dejan Lovren - Premier League
Appearances: 31
Goals: 2
Chances created: 4
Passing accuracy: 82%
Average pass length: 22m
Duels won: 58%
Average defensive actions: 11
Defensive errors: 1
Yellow cards: 7
Red cards: 0

Steven Caulker - Premier League
Appearances: 38
Goals: 5
Chances created: 9
Passing accuracy: 74%
Average pass length: 21m
Duels won: 58%
Average defensive actions: 12
Defensive errors: 0
Yellow cards: 1
Red cards: 0

Héctor Moreno - La Liga
Appearances: 32
Goals: 1
Chances created: 7
Passing accuracy: 78%
Average pass length: 23m
Duels won: 47%
Average defensive actions: 8
Defensive errors: 1
Yellow cards: 8
Red cards: 0

Stefan Savić - Serie A
Appearances: 31
Goals: 0
Chances created: 3
Passing accuracy: 89%
Average pass length: 20m
Duels won: 58%
Average defensive actions: 10
Defensive errors: 1
Yellow cards: 5
Red cards: 0

Swiss international Fabian Schär may be added to the list, at the moment hs is merely of potential interest with Mauricio Pochettino still to assess the 22 year-old Basel player before making a decision.



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Caulker a better option than Kaboul or Chiriches

12:30 pm
There seems little down side to buying back Steven Caulker who has also been linked with Liverpool and Swansea.

Caulker a better option than Kaboul or Chiriches


It's no secret that Steven Caulker has a clause in his contract giving Tottenham first option on him or that he left because he wanted guaranteed football, or as close as you can get to guaranteed.

Spurs fans can't understand why the 22 year-old was sold but it was quite simple, he told the club he is not going to sit on a bench, he wanted to play football. AVB made it clear he wasn't a first choice so he left rather than be unhappy bench warming.

One season on, with Cardiff City relegated and having to reduce their expenditure Steven Caulker could once again become an option at the heart of the Tottenham defence.

Caulker had an excellent season for Cardiff despite their relegation and most Spurs fans would be happy to see him return. Clearly for him it's not about money at this stage of his career but about playing.

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New Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino like ball playing centre-halves and he certainly fits the bill. In addition he is good in the air which immediately puts him ahead of Vald Chiriches, while his ground skills put him ahead of Younes Kaboul.

Both had very poor error prone seasons. Tottenham made a massive 33 defensive errors last season, 21 of which led to a goal (Southampton 11, Arsenal 10, Chelsea 4, Everton 6). Caulker would reduce that number and you can't imagine him making the mistakes those two were making.

With Chiriches's ability on the floor and Kaboul's ability in the air we would get the best of both in one package. The clause in his contract where we can have him back and Cardiff don't have to pay the remainder of the fee means he would be cheap, even if we gave them a little something extra to reach his current market value.

When Kaboul returned from Portsmouth they still owed us money so that was written off and the Frenchman joined for a relatively low fee. The same situation could now apply to Caulker and he has had the benefit of a full season playing.

He is home grown and came through the Spurs ranks so knows the club, fits Pochettino's system and being home grown that would allow the club to sell Michael Dawson or Kyle Naughton in addition to Jake Livermore.

He had been expected to be a Spurs stalwart by fans perhaps he still will be.




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Spurs centre-back overhaul

4:00 pm
With Vlad Chiriches clearly not being anywhere good enough, Younes Kaboul doing his best Ledley King impression and Jan Vertonghen shuffling his feet until he can move, defending has been a problem at left centre-back.

This coupled with a poor left-back has had the knock-on effect of upsetting the normally solid right side of our defence as shown by last seasons statistics. Clearly Spurs need an overhaul.

Bearing in mind we have to have 8 homegrown players named in a 25 man squad and the failure of foreign stars to settle in London buying British raises it's appeal again. However to buy British is expensive, you normally pay a premium price because of the homegrown factor.

Tottenham have been scouring Europe for centre-backs having watched 28 year-old Argentinian defender Gabriel Paletta at Parma, 20 year-old Nottingham Forest centre-back and England youth international Jamaal Lascelles, Fiorentina 23 year-old defender Stefan Savic and 21 year-old German Under 21 international Andre Hoffman at Hannover among others.

Spurs centre-back overhaulBut there are two closer to home that are proven and would not need an adjusting to the Premier League period. Steven Caulker and Micah Richards are high of Spurs wanted list.

Spurs fans need no convincing of the ability of Caulker who only left because he wanted to play first-team football which was limited under Andre Villas-Boas. Now with a full season in the league the Cardiff City skipper will want to leave if his side are relegated, which looks highly likely.

He has had an impressive season and has the ability to play at a higher level. He is also left sided so would walk into the Spurs side next season as a first choice. he is comfortable on the floor and like to play football from the back, crucially he is good in the air as well so strengthens us in the air as set pieces, something that has been a weakness this season.

Naturally his price will have shot up from the £8.5 million we sold him for so we may have to pay £15 million to get him back. He knows Spurs and would be an ideal fit.

Mchael Dawson would benefit from having someone he can rely on beside him but if Micah Richards comes to White Hart Lane he might find that he is the back up to the Man City man.

Richards is only 25 but seems to have been around forever. Manchester City want him to sign a new contract and have offered him a 5 year-deal, but he has told the club he is not willing to put pen to paper. He currently has one year left on his deal so Man City are believed to be willing to let him go while they can still command a fee. Buying a player in such circumstances would allow Daniel Levy to get a proven premier league performer cheaply.

He has the added advantage of being able to play at right-back so would also provide quality cover for Kyle Walker. There will be shouts that he is injury prone but exactly what does that mean.

Spurs centre-back overhaulInjury prone is constantly breaking down with different injuries not being out for a protracted period with one injury. If a player is brought back slowly from a long term injury he has less problems than if he is rushed and Spurs have been in a rush to get fit centre-backs these last two seasons.

You never quite know until you push someone but given time players recover fully from long term set backs. Younes Kaboul may well be fully fit next season and either he or Richards alongside Caulker gives aerial ability and ability with the ball on the floor.

Richards had a knee operation in October 2012 which kept him out until the start of the season. He has been down the pecking order as a result. This season game time has been severely limited and he had a hamstring injury on December 10th which kept him out for a month. Currently he has a knee injury which will fuel the injury pone arguments however would you call Jan Vertonghen injury prone, he has had two periods of injury this season as well.

Of course if we are interested in a player then Liverpool have to be mentioned in the same breath, indeed they tried to take him on loan in January. They too are eyeing up Richards and they of course will be able to offer the Champions league football we can't.
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The fact that two teams challenging for the title want him tells you he has a lot to offer. Richards and Caulker would certainly strengthen our defence.

Michael Dawson, Younes Kaboul, Steven Cailker and Micah Richards would form a solid pool but with our problems in that area over the last few years, you wonder whether we should now have 5 centre-backs. if that were the case then developing 18 year-old Milos Veljkovic our very highly rated Serbian Under-19 international or Zeki Fryers could provide emergency cover.

If we are not in Europe then we are likely to suffer less injuries and therefore can get away with having these two youngsters as emergency cover, if we are in Europe it might be a different story.

A back four of Kyle Walker Micah Richards Steven Caulker and Benoit Assou-Ekotto looks a lot better than some of the defences we have had to call upon this season. With Younes Kaboul and Michael Dawson challenging for places the centre-back region might cease to be a problem and the defence as a whole would start to look a lot healthier.



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Benzema no to Arsenal, Caulker, Chiriches

11:22 am
Benzema no to Arsenal.

"We can't stop the rumours. But I tell you: Karim will not go to Arsenal. It's never been a question for him and no contact has been made. He will stay at Madrid.

"The probable arrival of Gareth Bale at Real Madrid doesn't threaten him at all. Cristiano Ronaldo and Bale will play on the wings and Karim in the centre. Karim could very well finish his career at Real, the club of his dreams," Benzema's agent Karim Djaziri has said.

Steven Caulker wishes Spurs well.

"I knew what I was coming here for and I am not looking back. I wish Tottenham well.

"I understand why people question why I have dropped down. But people who knew me know I want to play football and challenge myself every week. I am young and want to play and get as much experience as I can.

"Tottenham is a club that has not produced a player since Ledley King, so it was slightly difficult to see your future there as a youngster."

Steaua coach Laurentiu Reghecampf all but confirms the Vlad Chiriches transfer.

"Chiri's condition is good and the clubs have agreed to transfer him. I'm very happy for him," .

"I hope he will help us on Tuesday night (Steaua's second leg Champions League qualifier against Legia Warsaw) and of course that he stays healthy.

"The club made money on him and I cannot say the amount for which he is transferred but it is very high."



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