Jan Vertonghen on verge of tears and looks at end of Tottenham career

first_imgTOTTENHAM stalwart Jan Vertonghen appeared on the verge of tears after being substituted early in the second half of his side’s 3-2 FA Cup win over Southampton.The 32-year-old has been a rock at the back for Spurs over a number of years, but wore the look of a man that fears the end of his top-level career is just around the corner.Caption this pic.twitter.com/Sqwm9myxJ2— LacaZte. (@LacaZte) February 5, 2020 4 Vertonghen appeared distraught after being substituted in the 54th minuteCredit: ReutersThe Belgian was withdrawn for Gedson Fernandes in the 54th minute and was visibly distraught as he left the field on the far side of the pitch before trudging slowly round to the dugout.After accepting a handshake from manager Jose Mourinho, Vertonghen sat with his head rested on his knuckles, seemingly upset and deep in thought.The score was 1-1 at the time although the Saints were the better side for the vast majority of the contest in North London.Spurs were deliberately ceding territory and possession to their superior opponents on the night, with their defence facing a lot of pressure while the attack looked lost and bereft of ideas.Vertonghen himself gave what has sadly become a typical performance this season – looking slower than he used to and struggling to deal with balls down the channels at times.Having begun in a 3-5-2 formation, Mourinho opted to sacrifice Vertonghen when switching to a back four – deciding to keep the more mobile Japhet Tanganga alongside Toby Alderweireld at centre-half.After the match, Mourinho said of the substitution: “No injury, it was my decision. It’s normal that he’s sad. No player likes to come out.”I did that with [Eric] Dier against Olympiacos. Even worse because it was in the first half. In the second half I had a feeling in the first half that I needed to change to a back four. “It was just a question of waiting for the right moment to bring on Dele, because Dele was a big question mark.”Like a chess game with no bishops or kings, no queens. Missing so many pieces, it was very, very hard with so many injuries and problems. No [Steven] Bergwijn.”I had to change and I decided to leave [Japhet] Tanganga and Toby [Alderweireld], a bit faster and better to cope with space.”I sacrificed Jan. So sad yes, and with a reason to be sad, but happy now because we won.”Danny Ings deservedly put Southampton ahead later in the second half, before a late Spurs rally saw them steal the tie late on through a Son Heung-min penalty after Lucas Moura’s equaliser.After the match, Spurs fans took to Twitter in their droves to offer their support to the popular defender.One wrote: “Spurs fans will always have a lot of time for you, @JanVertonghen. You’re loved & respected throughout the entire fanbase. Head up.”While another added: “Keep your head up @JanVertonghen. No matter what mate, us fans will always consider you an absolute icon of a defender for Spurs. 100% fan favourite!”4 Jose Mourinho decided to sacrifice the 32-year-old and switch to a back fourCredit: Reuters4 The Belgian’s performance levels have been waning this seasonCredit: Getty Images – GettyLATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongVertonghen’s future is unclear, with his Spurs contract due to expire at the end of the season.While he has seen his importance to the team begin to wane, he has still appeared 22 times for the Lilywhites this season.And his status as a Tottenham icon appears secure, having been a rock at the back over his 307 outings for the club since signing from Ajax back in July 2012.4 Less than a year ago Vertonghen produced a magnificent Champions League performance at left wing-back against Borussia DortmundCredit: EPAJan Vertonghen posts video after fellow Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld signs new Spurs deallast_img read more

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Mourinho keen to sign Alex Grimaldo but must convince Levy to splash £31m

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO has reportedly set his sights on signing Alex Grimaldo from Benfica this summer.The Spanish full-back has attracted interest from Tottenham after making 39 appearances in all competitions this season.1 Alex Grimaldo has been with Benfica since he joined from Barcelona in 2016Credit: EPAAccording to Portuguese outlet Record, Mourinho is very keen to sign the 24-year-old for next season.Benfica, who signed him from Barcelona in 2016, have valued their defender at £30.7million.But it is understood that Spurs chief Daniel Levy is not willing to pay that much for Grimaldo.Grimaldo has three years remaining on his current deal with the Portuguese giants.He has scored 11 goals and and made 30 assists in 156 appearances for the Eagles.Mourinho will hope to convince Levy to splash the cash as he looks to bolster his defence this summer.Full-back Danny Rose has been shipped out on loan to Newcastle United this season.LATEST SPORT NEWSTHE WIN CROWDFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitExclusiveMARK MY WORDSJennings reveals life story from adoption to drug abuse and suicide attemptsNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticAWAY DAYSMartin Skelly remembers county’s day in the sun when Dublin rocked into townBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleTHEIR CALLReferees in Northern Ireland will be given choice on coming back says union bossAnd Jan Vertonghen is reportedly set to leave the club for free in the summer after rejecting a new deal.Spurs are also in the race to sign Willian at the end of the season when his Chelsea contract expires.Mourinho’s side have also been linked to Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan as a replacement Hugo Lloris.José Mourinho slammed by Sadiq Khan for ‘endangering lives’ by taking Tottenham training session during coronavirus lockdownlast_img read more

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Widdop stars in high-scoring Dragons comeback

first_imgDragons players were booed off by the 10,174-strong crowd at half time after disintegrating from an early 10-nil lead to trail 28-10 at the break in the face of a determined and free-flowing Knights assault.But in a continuation of the year-long second-half woes, Newcastle virtually failed to emerge from the sheds for the second half as the Dragons rediscovered their mojo and piled on four straight tries of their own.Skipper Widdop was the conductor of the orchestra with his wide array of passes and kicks causing havoc, with a hand in virtually every Dragons try of the match and finishing with four try assists and three line breaks. Winger Jason Nightingale was a key beneficiary with his third hat-trick of the season.Backing up from State of Origin, Josh Dugan was immense with match-highs in metres gained (234) and tackle busts (11) and one of the few Dragons players able to hold his head high even in a horror first half.  His fellow blue Tyson Frizell (four busts, 124 metres) added plenty of sting during the comeback while Leeson Ah Mau (157 metres, five busts, 35 tackles) put in a huge stint in the absence of the suspended Jack de Belin and injured 100-gamer Paul Vaughan, who went off early in the contest.For Newcastle, popular winger Nathan Ross made the most of his shift to fullback with three first-half tries and 220 metres for the game while rookie forward Lachlan Fitzgibbon was excellent early on.The unconvincing win sees the Dragons arrest a worrying two-game losing streak in which they scored just two tries in two weeks and consolidates their top-eight standing while Newcastle missed a chance to put a gap on the last-placed Wests Tigers.Dragons prop Paul Vaughan’s 100th NRL game ended after just three minutes due to a calf strain but it seemed to matter little in the early stages with the Dragons running rings around the 15th-placed Knights.Nightingale scored his 99th and 100th NRL tries inside of 10 minutes as he first cashed in on an overlap against some ragged right-side Newcastle defence then profited from a Tim Lafai offload to Widdop, who grubbered ahead for a 10-nil lead.From there, though, it was all Newcastle as Nathan Ross – moved to fullback with Maroons winger Dane Gagai shifted to centre – bagged a hat-trick in the space of 11 minutes.His first came from a dummy half scoot after a quick Lachlan Fitzgibbon play-the-ball in the 20th minute, his second just three minutes later from an awful Lafai defensive mis-read and his third in the 33rd minute when he scooped up a Hame Sele dropped ball 20 metres from his own line to run the length and score.In between Fitzgibbon charged over for one of his own from a flat ball at the line and the team’s fifth of the half came when the Dragons allowed a bomb to hit the ground and an astute Sione Mata’utia flung it out to Brendan Elliott to gallop away and score.A penalty goal shortly before the break made it the margin three converted tries at half time.That was as good as it got for the Knights as a re-energised Dragons made all the second-half running. A try to Joel Thompson in the 47th minute, running onto a deft Widdop grubber, kicked off the comeback.It was on in earnest five minutes later when a huge set with the ball featuring plenty of offloads finished with Dugan carrying four defenders over from dummy-half.Nightingale completed his hat-trick in the 58th minute running onto a lovely Widdop cut-out with the skipper’s sideline conversion locking up the scores.When Kurt Mann jinked his way through the line in the 67th minute the Dragons finally reclaimed the lead 32-28 and almost went further ahead shortly after but Nene Macdonald’s try was disallowed due to an offside player.With the clock running down the Knights almost stole it at the death but Mitch Barnett couldn’t handle a sharp face-ball from Lamb at the Dragons line and the Dragons held on for a four-point win.St George Illawarra 32 (Nightingale 3, Thompson, Dugan, Mann tries; Widdop 4 goals) defeated Newcastle Knights 28 (Ross 3, Fitzgibbon, Elliott tries; Lamb 3 goals) at UOW Jubilee Oval. Half time: Knights 28-10. Crowd: 10,174NRL unofficial points: 3 Gareth Widdop. 2 Josh Dugan. 1 Leeson Ah Mau.last_img read more

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OCA President welcomes Oceania delegates in Turkmenistan

first_imgThe Oceania delegates are in Ashgabat at the invitation of OCA, the 5th AIMAG Organising Committee and Government of Turkmenistan.Present also at the opening of the “Olympia” and “Sport” hotels are representatives from the 45 NOCs members of OCA who are here for their General Assembly.In his opening speech, Sheikh Al Sabah acknowledged the presence of the Oceania NOCs and said he looked forward to 2017 when Oceania athletes will be participating in the 5th AIMAG.The Oceania countries represented in Ashgabat are: Cook Islands, Fiji, FSM, Guam, Marshalls, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomons, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Tahiti, Niue and Northern Marianas. The Oceania presence is being led by ONOC President Dr Robin Mitchell and Secretary General Ricardo Blas.The OCA General Assembly inauguration will be done tonight and the one day assembly held tomorrow.The assembly will also brought to par with updates on Olympic Solidarity, Rio Olympics, Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) and various other committee/commission reports.This will then be followed by elections for OCA office bearers from 2015-2019.last_img read more

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PNG U20 team arrives ahead of tri-nation friendly series

first_imgCoach Lisa Cole arrived with part of the team at 11am today while the rest arrived in the afternoon.The PNG team has been training up at the National Sports Institute in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province.The tri-nation series is part of PNG’s preparations in the lead-up to hosting the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in November.The series will be held at the Sir John Guise Stadium on the May 24, 27 and 30.PNG will play Japan on Tuesday, May 24, with Japan taking on USA on the 27th. PNG will then play against USA on May 30.last_img read more

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Bale and Hazard are still out

first_imgReal Madrid has announced the list of 19 summoned facing the quarterfinal match of the Copa del Rey against Real Sociedad (Thursday, 7:00 p.m. in DAZN) at the Santiago Bernabéu. As usual, Zidane will have to make a discard before the crash, which will be the castillist Altube, third goalkeeper. The big surprise in the citation is the absence of Hazard, that is fully recovered of the injury he suffered from a kick by Meunier on November 26 before the PSG. Also striking is that of Bale, which has not been included among those chosen in the last four meetings, the last two despite being replaced by the twist that caused him to be replaced against Unionists. Zidane, who said Wednesday at a press conference that against the Royal Society will be “a final”, Nor has he summoned Carvajal, Casemiro and Lucas Vázquez. None of the three have trained in the last week normally for different setbacks. The injured Asensio and the headdress Mariano, That doesn’t count for Zizou, also outside.The list is as follows:Goalkeepers: Courtois, Areola and Altube.Defenses: Militao, Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo and Mendy.Midfielders: Kroos, Modric, Valverde, James and Isco.Forwards: Benzema, Jovic, Brahim, Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo.last_img read more

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Wuhan Zall returns to China due to the situation in Spain

first_imgThe Wuhan Zall, Chinese soccer team from the city where the coronavirus outbreak arose and that has been in Andalusia since last January 29, will return to his country next Saturday due to the situation that Spain is going through with the COVID-19, explained this Thursday to Efe his coach, the Spanish José González.“The problem is now here, in China it has been practically eradicated”, indicated the technician from Cádiz, who pointed out that they had not returned to the Asian country until now due to the epidemic situation and due to the postponement of the league, but given this new situation in Spain they have decided to return. The Chinese team, made up of twenty-seven footballers, arrived at the end of January at the Malaga-Costa del Sol airport to start a concentration in Sotogrande (Cádiz) without presenting, as reported by the Junta de Andalucía, no coronavirus symptoms.The postponement of his league competition as a result of the coronavirus health crisis led to his stay in Andalusia being prolonged on several occasions and his return to China being postponed due to security.China announced on Thursday that the peak of COVID-19 broadcasts has come to an end, as reported by a spokesman for the National Health Commission of the Asian country during a press conference in Beijing.last_img read more

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Marc Roca changes agent for future

first_imgThey were like a bottle of cava when uncorked Marc Roca’s options of leaving Espanyol to join Bayern Munich, in the summer of 2019. The interest of the Bavarian entity, which arose in the middle of the parakeets’ stay in Navata, was robust. But firmer still was the position of the parrot club to ask for the full amount of its clause, of 40 million euros. And so on, until it dissipated. Now the midfielder surprises by changing his representative. Roca leaves JM10 Sport, the firm created by the father of Manchester United footballer Juan Mata, by Promoesport, a more international spectrum agency. The jump, which occurred late last week, it does not have to obey any will to leave Espanyol, where it is indisputable since he has been a starter in the 24 LaLiga games in which he has been available. Further, has a contract in force until 2022, so that so much could think in the future key in an exit that enriches the coffers of the parakeet club like in a renovation. Meanwhile, he recovers at home from the Achilles tendon injury that prevented him from playing against Atlético de Madrid and Osasuna. Who He also recently changed agent, and in this case, yes, to try to secure his continuity in Espanyol because his contract ends this June, it is Dídac Vilà. Just three weeks ago, when conversations for its renewal had already started, the left-handed winger left Global Sports Soccer to stop at Sports & Management.last_img read more

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Gimbert: “There is expectation for the arrival of Real Madrid”

first_imgWhat I try is to take good care of myself in food and rest. I take it to heart. I never imagined having such a long career at the highest level. I have been saying that I have been retiring for the last seven or eight years and then I never do. Still haven’t renewed for next season?No. I have time to think about it during quarantine now.What does it mean to be bicentennial with the Athletic shirt?It is a pride to have reached this figure with the Athletic shirt. It took me a long time to reach it and I finally did it. I am very happy because above match 200 came with victory.Have you noticed much change in physical level in recent years in the League?Yes. It has been noticed a lot in recent years and this year much more. The teams are increasingly reinforcing and preparing much more. The change it has made is impressive.How do you see your future?I would like to remain linked to soccer. I have a coaching card and I would like to start training lower class teams when I retire.Did you imagine in your beginnings being able to live one day in football?In our beginnings we would never have thought that this could happen. The fact of having breakfast in the facilities and living on this is milk.Were the beginnings complicated?I’ve been through it all. When I started playing in Córdoba, my father had to take me to train and it was 60 kilometers. So they didn’t pay you for gasoline. Then it was slowly advancing. When I signed for Levante, I already began to receive financial aid to give me survival.Women’s football is booming and is expected to grow more with the arrival of Real Madrid …There is expectation for the arrival of Real Madrid because there never has been. It looks like it will sound bad, but women’s football has existed before Real Madrid and it will continue to exist. Just a few days before I turned 40, Vanesa Gimbert attends to AS in the midst of the quarantine decreed in the coronavirus health crisis. The veteran player of the First Iberdrola analyzes the team’s season from home, in her opinion, it has gone “from less to more”. Starting this season in fourteen games, playing a total of 1,245 minutes, is one of the pillars of the Villacampa team. In this interview he also tells us what his ‘secret’ has been to be in such good physical shape after a life competing at the highest level.How is living this situation?He didn’t take it too badly. I am rather homemade, although when something is forbidden you want to do it. We do the team training by video call. That is why my day is less and less. The morning passes quickly between training and others and in the afternoon I amuse myself with series or books.What do you miss the most?Not being able to see the family and the day to day of training with the companions.Has the suspension of the semi-final been hard a few days after your dispute?Yes. It was hard. We really wanted to play that game. We had been preparing that game very well and we got very well physically.How do you assess the level of the team during this season?I think we started out irregular. There were many changes, with a new coach. We had a hard time adapting to what the new coach asked for, but hey, we’ve gone from less to more and it already seemed that we were at a good level. The break has come at the best moment of the team.How are you doing on a personal level?Well, a bit in the team line. At first it was not that it cost me, but I started playing little and then I have gradually entered the coach’s plans.What is the secret of reaching this level with 40 years?last_img read more

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