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Spurs manger praises 'fantastic professional' Friedel

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has praised "fantastic professional" Brad Friedel after the veteran goalkeeper decided to retire from football in the summer.

Friedel, 43, moved to the Premier League to play for Liverpool in 1997 and has also enjoyed spells with Aston Villa and Blackburn.

Speaking to the media ahead of Tottenham's match against Hull City this weekend, Pochettino said:

It's been a pleasure to work with him and to know him because he's a top man, a top professional. A fantastic professional.

It was fantastic to spend time this season, with him.

– Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino


Young Spurs midfielder suffers ankle ligament damage

Swansea's England Under-21 international Tom Carroll faces up to six weeks on the sidelines due to ankle ligament damage.

Carroll faces up to six weeks out. Credit: PA

Carroll, who is on loan from Tottenham, was hurt during England Under-21s' 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic last Friday.

He scored the only goal as England triumphed in Prague.

A Swansea spokesman has confirmed that the 22-year-old midfielder is now expected to be out for between four and six weeks.

Carroll has so far made 18 appearances for the Swans after joining them last summer on a season-long loan.

Swansea manager Garry Monk, meanwhile, is understood to be awaiting results of a scan on winger Jefferson Montero, who reportedly suffered a muscle strain playing for Ecuador against Mexico last weekend.

Swansea resume their Premier League on campaign on Saturday when they host Hull City.

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Spurs win High Court battle to build new stadium

Tottenham's new stadium development has been given the green light. Credit: PA

Spurs have won their battle to build a new stadium after the High Court rejected an appeal against compulsory purchase order from Archway Sheet Metal Works.

The new £400m complex will sit next to Tottenham's current home at White Hart Lane and is due to be ready in time for the 2018/19 season.

Lawyers for family-run business Archway had claimed the CPO was invalid and "not lawfully authorised".

Former Spurs coach unsurprised by Harry Kane

QPR caretaker manager Chris Ramsey is not surprised by Harry Kane's success this season, having worked with the striker at Tottenham's academy.

Chris Ramsey is in caretaker charge of QPR. Credit: PA

Ramsey spent nine years coaching the youth sides at White Lane and helped Kane break into the first team under Tim Sherwood last season.

Kane joined the Spurs academy in 2009 and has flourished this term, scoring his 21st and 22nd goals of the campaign in a 2-1 Barclays Premier League win over Arsenal on Saturday.

He hasn't surprised me. Tottenham have been fantastic in giving their youngsters opportunities to play. Harry has been a very good player for a long time, I known him for a long time.

I was at Tottenham for nine years and was in charge of coaching at the academy and, along with (coaches) like John McDermott and Perry Suckling, helped bring through quite a few good youngsters.

Harry has always been very dedicated, he's a single-minded player who trains hard.He's scored over 20 goals now and he's well capable of that - he's not the kind of player who gets fazed.

– QPR caretaker manager Chris Ramsey

Freedom! Assou-Ekotto celebrates Spurs departure

Cameroon international Benoit Assou-Ekotto celebrated being released by Spurs with a new Twitter profile photo that reads: "Freedom"

Assou-Ekotto celebrated his Spurs departure by changing his profile photo. Credit: @AssouEkotto

The left back has never managed to hold down a first team spot since Harry Redknapp left the club, and hasn't featured since returning from a loan spell at QPR last season.

Spurs beat Liverpool to highly rated midfielder

Spurs have completed the £5m capture of England under-19 international Dele Alli, who has immediately rejoined MK Dons on loan.

Alli will link up with the Spurs squad next season. Credit: PA

The 18 year-old passed a medical at White Hart Lane and has signed a long term contract until 2020.

It's thought that Tottenham fended off competition from Liverpool for the England rookie's signature.

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