Sport Villas-Boas has promised that Jermain Defoe will not be sold in January

Following the confirmation of his move to MLS side Toronto FC, Defoe brings to an end a somewhat unfulfilled partnership with Spurs that often saw him - rightly or wrongly - overlooked

James Lawton: If Welsh winger needs pointers he should look no further than Giggs

Bale has for some months carried the highest expectations - and with an admirable refusal to submit to the perils of celebrity. Giggs has been doing it for 20 years

No miracle for Spurs as European adventure ends

Tottenham Hotspur 0 Real Madrid 1 (Real Madrid win 5-0 on aggregate)

Crouch uses his head to begin the Real redemption in

Tottenham Hotspur 3 Stoke City 2

PFA announce Player of the Year nominees

Tottenham’s Gareth Bale and Arsenal’s Samir Nasri have both officially been nominated for the Professional Footballer’s Association Player and Young Player of the Year awards.

10-man Spurs blown away by Mourinho's Madrid

Real Madrid 4 Tottenham Hotspur 0

Relief for Real as Ronaldo passed fit – but Ozil could be danger for Tottenham

German has had a wonderful first season in Spain and may ease pain of a string of injuries that has left Mourinho short of options

Redknapp still struggling to prove his worth

For a man who was about to face the most expensively-assembled football team in history, Harry Redknapp was in a convivial mood yesterday. He joked with a television reporter about joining in training. He made a mock acceptance of Jose Mourinho's offer of a 0-0 draw in the first leg and pretended to leave. Only when he was asked about how he was valued by the hierarchy at Tottenham Hotspur did we see a flash of the Redknapp temper that is never far from the surface.

Tottenham fail to win at Wigan

Wigan 0 Tottenham 0

Van der Vaart gives Redknapp extra problem

Dutchman's fitness and conduct add to worries facing Spurs manager in build-up to Real Madrid tie

Tottenham revenues soar due to Champions League

The importance of Tottenham qualifying for next year's Champions League was underlined today by financial results that showed the club's revenue increased 49 per cent during the six months that followed their qualification to this season's competition.

Premier League managers back Manchester United to win title

The majority of Barclays Premier League managers believe Manchester United will win the title this season.

Rafael van der Vaart compares Harry Redknapp to Jose Mourinho

Rafael van der Vaart believes Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has a "similar technique" to Real Madrid counterpart Jose Mourinho.

Worthington's woes increased by injury crisis

The Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington will spend the next two days pondering the cost of Friday night's Euro 2012 qualifying defeat to Serbia. Gareth McAuley's first-half header put Northern Ireland on course in Belgrade, but second-half goals from Marko Pantelic and Zoran Tosic left them empty handed.

Van der Vaart plays down substitution row with Redknapp

Rafael van der Vaart has said that he wants to be substituted less often by the Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp. The Dutch midfielder walked straight down the tunnel after being withdrawn in last Saturday's match against West Ham United. His conduct drew criticism from Redknapp but Van der Vaart said that while he did not agree with his manager's decision, he was confident that the disagreement will have "blown over" by next week.

Rafael van der Vaart plays down Harry Redknapp row

Rafael van der Vaart is confident any issues with Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp over his reaction to being substituted against West Ham will have "blown over" by the time he returns from international duty.

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