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Spurs beaten by Juventus in Melbourne

Tottenham were defeated 2-1 by Italian champions Juventus in their pre-season friendly at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Lamela was on target for the Premier League side. Credit: Reuters

Spurs, who travelled to Australia without Harry Kane and the remainder of their England contingent but gave starts to new signings Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen, trailed 2-0 at half-time.

Dominic Ball was dispossessed in the sixth minute and the mistake was immediately punished when Paulo Dybala struck the opener.

Another error - this time a poorly-cleared corner - enabled Medhi Benatia to nod home the second shortly after.

It was now Juventus' turn to get caught in midfield and Erik Lamela reacted with a fine finish into the bottom-right corner.

Pochettino dismisses Spurs exit rumours

Mauricio Pochettino isn't off to Argentina. Credit: PA

Mauricio Pochettino insists he is happy at Tottenham following speculation linking him with the vacant Argentina job.

The 44-year-old, a former Argentina international, was reportedly on the shortlist to succeed Gerardo Martino, who resigned as head coach of the national side after last month's Copa America final defeat to Chile.

But Pochettino, having led Spurs to a third-place finish in the Premier League last term, wants to stay at White Hart Lane.

I think the speculation is normal because I am an Argentinian coach at a top club in England.

There are a lot of rumours that appear in the media but I am happy at Tottenham and for that reason, this is not the right moment.

– Mauricio Pochettino


Janssen confident of Tottenham move

Vincent Janssen in action against Athletic Club Bilbao in the Europa League last season. Credit: PA

Holland forward Vincent Janssen expects to shortly complete a move from AZ Alkmaar to Tottenham, claiming the clubs are close to an agreement.

Spurs have made an offer of around £11million, but Dutch side AZ are holding out for closer to £17m, amid interest from the likes of Wolfsburg, Paris St Germain and recently West Ham.

The 23-year-old had been given permission to spend two days in London last month when he visited Spurs' training ground, meeting manager Mauricio Pochettino and discussing his plans for the future, while also settling on personal terms.

Janssen had returned for the start of pre-season training, but in an interview with local media suggested a deal was now close.

Janssen confirmed: "I won't train with AZ any more. The clubs are now really close to an agreement. I will go home and wait for the phone call to go.


AZ Alkmaar reject latest Tottenham bid for Janssen

Vincent Janssen (R) controls the ball against Eneko Boveda (L) of Athletic Club during the Europa League. Credit: PA

Tottenham have yet to come up with a suitable offer for AZ Alkmaar forward Vincent Janssen, according to the sporting director of the Dutch club, Max Huiberts.

Striker Janssen, the top scorer in the Eredivisie last season with 27 goals, was given permission to spend two days in London last month and visited Spurs' training ground, meeting manager Mauricio Pochettino and discussing his plans for the future.

Spurs are said to have initially tabled an offer of around £11million, which has reportedly since been improved upon, but Alkmaar are holding firm for closer to their £17million valuation.

FA reduces fines for Chelsea and Spurs

Chelsea's Premier League tie with Spurs at Stamford Bridge was an ill-tempered clash. Credit: PA

Chelsea and Tottenham have had fines reduced on appeal following their fractious London derby in May, the Football Association has announced.

The Blues ended Spurs' title challenge and Leicester were crowned Premier League champions following a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge which featured 12 yellow cards and two brawls involving players and coaches from both sides.

Matters came to a head again at the full-time whistle when a melee in the tunnel resulted in Chelsea's interim manager Guus Hiddink being pushed to the ground.

Both clubs were subsequently charged with three counts of failing to control their players, while Spurs midfielder Mousa Dembele was also handed a retrospective six-match ban for violent conduct after clawing his fingers down the face of Chelsea forward Diego Costa.

The fines have been reduced by £85,000 for Chelsea and £50,000 for Tottenham.

Spurs target Vincent Janssen hits out at blocked transfer

Dutch league top scorer Vincent Janssen has expressed his “disappointment” after his club AZ Alkmaar rejected a transfer bid from Tottenham.

The 22-year-old striker spent two days in London earlier this month and met manager Mauricio Pochettino during a visit to the Premier League club's training ground while the teams continued negotiations.

Vincent Janssen scored a penalty for Holland in their 2-1 win against England at Wembley in March. Credit: PA

Spurs are understood to have increased their reported initial bid of £11 million but are still below Alkmaar’s £17 million asking price amid rival interest from German side Wolfsburg.

Janssen, who scored 27 goals last season, told a Dutch TV channel: "I'm disappointed with how they behaved. I would like to make the move.

“I have expressed my choice to the club. In my opinion, Spurs bid a high amount. I indicated that I would take the next step and want to get away from the club.”

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