Tuchel sends message to players, Kane price set and Serie A star reveals Premier League dream in Chelsea latest news…
Tottenham are set to keep hold of Harry Kane this summer after setting a £175 million ($242m) price tag for the England star and long-term Chelsea transfer target.
Regarded as one of the very best strikers on the planet right now, Kane is a player that is being chased by all the biggest clubs, with our club once of those outfits that may be interested in a deal at the end of the season.
To date he has scored 215 goals in 327 appearances in all competitions, making him Spurs’ second highest scorer of all time behind Jimmy Greaves, but with Spurs not able to win the trophies that he would like, there has been constant speculation in the media.
Spurs are in no mood to let their star man leave the club in the transfer window and are hoping that that massive price tag of £175 million will be enough to keep all those chasing clubs from making an offer in the summer
Kane, meanwhile, is open to staying with Spurs, his boyhood club, as they continue their pursuit of a much-needed trophy, as long as they help him achieve his goals of winning that Premier League title.
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is not concerned by Harry Kane’s uncertain comments about his future at the club and says the striker should be happy with his current situation.
Kane raised eyebrows during the international break when he said the topic of his future at Spurs was a “hard question to answer right now” and that “we’ll see where we go” after this summer’s European Championship.
The England captain, who still has another three years left on his current contract, has been honest in the past about being content to say at the north London club providing he sees suitable progression, but with Mourinho’s side enduring an inconsistent season, speculation has been rife about a possible move away.
Asked whether he was bothered that Kane was not more defiant in his commitment to the club, Mourinho said: “No. No. I want Harry to be with us what he has been. I want Harry to repeat against Newcastle the same performance he had against Aston Villa.
“When I say the same performance, I mean the same commitment, the same desire, the same team spirit, the same leadership. That’s what I want and I know that I’m going to have that.
“I cannot play that game (of speculation). I have to focus on what he is for us.”
Thomas Tuchel has told his players that they will have to accept the big loss to today after Chelsea stunningly lost to West Brom.
After a scrappy opening 25 minutes, Christian Pulisic gave the club the lead. So far, so normal but then a red card for Thiago Silva turned the game on its head. West Brom scored twice in added time at the end of the first half, with Matheus Pereira bagging a quick-fire brace.
West Brom increased their lead just after the hour through Callum Robinson and then Mbaye Diagne made it four with the goal of the game. Mason Mount pulled one back for the club , only for Robinson to score his second of the game and his clubs fifth.
On where it all went wrong today, HE WAS QUOTED ON THE CLUB WEBSITE: “Nothing so much until the red card and then we were not able to cope with the situation,” he tells BT Sport. “I don’t know why but it was like this. After the red card, we could not adapt to the situations, we gave away two very easy goals before half-time but even in the second half anything that could go wrong went wrong. We have to accept a big loss today and hopefully it’s a big wake-up call for all of us, me included.”
On Thiago’s red card: “I didn’t see it but neither of them were his mistake because in the build-up we give the ball away. We got a red card and it was impossible for us to adapt to the situation. It’s not typical for us to concede a goal in the added minutes before half-time and today we conceded two. It was clearly not our day today. I did not see this coming. We need to digest it, shake it off and get back to work tomorrow.”
West Brom Sam Allardyce said: “We’re really pleased and satisfied with how the players applied their tactics today,” he tells BT Sport. “We set out to control Chelsea’s attacks and see what we could do in possession of the ball. And because we were so good in possession of the ball on so many occasions, and our quality of finishing, it gave us a thoroughly deserved victory. People will look to the fact that they went down to 10 men and so on and so forth, but I’ve been a manager of many teams with 10 men that have won or at least not lost. We took full advantage.
“We started well, we created chances. I think Silva was lucky to stay on when he pulled Periera back with both his hands. Then we had to recover from when they scored but we did that brilliantly. All five goals were quality, not just the finishes but the quality of the build-ups. It’s just a shame we couldn’t have shared some of those quality finishes in some of the other games. But I’m thrilled and delighted with the performance today.”
Long-term Chelsea transfer target Duvan Zapata has opened up and told the London giants that he is very interested in making a move to the Premier League one day.
Fourth in Serie A but with teams around them holding games in hand, Atalanta are facing a fight for Champions League qualification this season, which could prove to be significant.
If they fail to qualify for that Champions League place, then they may need to cash in on a number of first team players to help clear some of their debt that they have racked up, just like every club, during the outbreak of Covid-19
The 30-year-old has registered 14 goals and 12 assists for Atalanta this season, and has been touted as a cheaper alternative to Erling Haaland for Chelsea or an extra attacking option for Liverpool.
When asked about a possible summer move, Zapata told the Gazzetta dello Sportt: “My future in the Premier League? Never say never in football.
“When I was a kid, I was always watching the Premier League – I was an Arsenal fan! I got up early every weekend to watch their games.
“I was in love with Thierry Henry’s Arsenal. In Colombia, we love the Premier League. Who knows, one day I could play there.”
There has been no doubt that Zapata has been very impressive for the Italians this season, but if we are looking to add another attacker/striker to the squad in the coming transfer windows that will add 2-30 goals a season, he is not there man.
So even though he is open to the Premier League, we would be very shocked to see him make that big money move to sign with the club.
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