Sunday 21 January 2018

AVB insists Lane changes won't affect Spurs focus

CONFIDENT: Andre Villas-Boas
CONFIDENT: Andre Villas-Boas

Andre VILLAS-BOAS insists his players will be in the right frame of mind for tomorrow's game against Swansea despite the constant transfer speculation surrounding the club.

Spurs are planning for life after Gareth Bale after it emerged that the triple player of the year is closing in on his world-record transfer to Real Madrid.

The London club have already broken their transfer record twice this summer in a spending spree that has seen four new players arrive at White Hart Lane, and Villas-Boas says more signings are likely.

Spurs hope to sign Erik Lamela and wanted Willian despite interest in the latter from Chelsea. The club have also been linked with Fabio Coentrao, Vlad Chiriches and Croatian youngster Alen Halilovic.

Villas-Boas irked a number of Chelsea players when he made wholesale changes at Stamford Bridge, but he insists it will be a different story at Spurs.

"I don't think the team will be distracted by the transfers," the Tottenham manager said. "What we've done so far has been great activity in the transfer window, we managed to bring in almost all the players that we want and will continue to work to strengthen the squad.


"We will continue to be focused on our objectives, so we transfer back to the Premier League against Swansea which is extremely important."

When Spurs hosted Swansea last season they struggled without Bale, who was injured. The Londoners had to rely on a Jan Vertonghen goal to seal a 1-0 victory. This current Tottenham squad appears better-equipped to cope without him, however.

All four summer signings impressed in Thursday's 5-0 win over Dinamo Tbilisi while Andros Townsend and Danny Rose have excelled since their return from loan.

Aaron Lennon, Sandro, Vertonghen and Jermain Defoe were all rested, but are expected to be fit for Swansea.

Swansea bounced back from an opening-day thrashing by Manchester United by beating Petrolul Ploiesti 5-1 in the Europa League and Villas-Boas added he expected the Welshmen to be up for tomorrow's game.

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