Kane ‘focused on Tottenham’ after draw with ‘world’s best’ Real Madrid

Harry Kane says he is “focused on Tottenham” and not thinking about a possible transfer to Real Madrid after he helped Mauricio Pochettino’s side secure a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday night.

The in-form forward was involved as Spurs took the lead in the Champions League clash in Madrid, his pressure on Raphael Varane forcing the France defender to put the ball past his own goalkeeper Keylor Navas. And after Cristiano Ronaldo had levelled from the penalty spot, Kane also missed a late chance to win the match as Navas pushed his shot around the post near the end.

Kane 5/1 to be CL top scorer

The England striker had been heavily linked to Madrid in the build-up to the match, but when asked after the game in the mixed zone if he sees himself playing for Real one day, he simply said: “I’m focused on the season. I want to keep playing well for Tottenham.”

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On the result, which leaves Spurs joint-top of Group H alongside Los Blancos with seven points, he said: “We came here and got a great result against a very good side and it leaves us in a great position for the rest of the Champions League group.”

And he added: “There were chances at both ends. We could have nicked it in the end, but they are the best team in the world at the moment and we are very happy.”

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How Schalke persuaded Arsenal target Harit to reject Premier League move

Amine Harit was convinced to join Schalke in the face of interest from Arsenal and other Premier League clubs after being shown videos of their fans.

Schalke 5/6 to beat Mainz

The 20-year-old moved to the Bundesliga from Ligue 1 side Nantes in the summer for a fee of £7 million, and has since provided four assists in eight appearances.

Harit, who won his first cap for Morocco earlier in October, was reportedly scouted by the Gunners, and was also the subject of bids from a number of English sides, who offered a better salary than Schalke.

However, having watched Harit extensively, the club became aware that the player has an emotional side, and subsequently sent him videos of the club’s vociferous support.

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Speaking to Sport Bild, sporting director Christian Heidel said: “We showed Harit emotions from Schalke, which really impressed him.

“With the ball he is brutally fast. We missed such a player last season.”

Schalke are currently sixth in the Bundesliga, six points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund.

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‘Arsenal haven’t built a squad to keep Ozil happy’ – Pires

Former Arsenal star Robert Pires believes that Mesut Ozil is frustrated with the club’s lack of signings, as rumours persist over his future.

The Germany international, who has been at the club since 2013 and has won the FA Cup three times, has been heavily linked with a potential move to Manchester United, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.

Ozil 11/5 to score v Everton

Arsenal signed just two players in the summer, defender Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer, and striker Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon for a club-record fee of £46.5 million.

However, the Gunners have endured a difficult start to the season and sit sixth in the Premier League table following a late 2-1 defeat to Watford at the weekend.

Pires believes that Ozil is desperate for silverware, and fears that Arsenal have not strengthened sufficiently to meet his needs.

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“Ozil is a warrior who wants to win something, and currently he makes the impression that he’s annoyed Arsenal have not assembled a squad which can win something,” he told Sport Bild.

“They only spent money on Alexandre Lacazette. That’s not enough to compete for the top spots.”

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Despite protests against his management, Arsene Wenger signed a new contract in the summer to extend his stay at the club by another two years, and Pires remains a believer in the Frenchman’s abilities.

“It’s incredibly difficult to consistently remain at the top in England,” he added.

“But I still believe in Arsenal and first of all in Arsene Wenger. I think it’s right he penned a new two-year deal.”

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Real Madrid need players like outstanding Kane, says ex-president

Real Madrid would be right to splash out big money to sign Harry Kane from Tottenham, according to the Spanish side’s former president, Ramon Calderon.

The striker has been linked to a move to Madrid in recent weeks and helped open the scoring against them in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw in the Champions League.

Real Madrid 9/2 UCL winner

Kane’s shot deflected in off of Raphael Varane and it was marked down as an own goal, but the 24-year-old remains in remarkable form with 11 strikes in as many games for Spurs this season.

Reports in England have stated the Premier League side will demand £200 million for their star player, and Calderon feels it would be a worthy investment for the European champions.

“Now Madrid are always on the lookout for the top players,” Calderon told Reuters.

“A club like Real Madrid is obliged to have important players so they can bring in new sponsors, brands and keep generating more money so they can maintain their current status. That money helps you to invest, save and invest again.

“I suppose Madrid would like to sign Kane, it depends on a few things, such as the desires of player and the coach, but without a doubt he is an outstanding player.”

Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane, Real Madrid v Tottenham, Champions League 2017/18

Calderon was president when Madrid signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United for a then-world record fee which has since been overtaken several times.

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The 66-year-old believes the rising prices of star players would justify Madrid paying big money for a star like Kane.

“He would not be cheap, but when I signed Cristiano Ronaldo for £80 million everyone thought I was crazy and look where we are now,” Calderon said.

“£150 million is now seen as nothing, it’s normal. We no longer know what the limit is.”

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Brazil to meet Russia in Moscow

The Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour will return to Europe in March as the Selecao meet the World Cup hosts in the Russian capital

Brazil will face Russia on March 23 as the Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour continues its upcoming trip across Europe.

The five-time world champions will meet the World Cup 2018 hosts in the Russian capital, with the venue of the fixture to be confirmed at a later date.

The match will take place prior to the Brazil’s already-announced clash with current world champions Germany in Berlin on March 27.

Brazil and Russia first met post-USSR at World Cup 1994, when the Selecao ran out 2-0 winners in in California.

The two sides have since faced off on a further four occasions, with their last meeting arriving in London, England in 2013 when the two sides played out a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

March’s double-header will be the final set of friendlies for which coach Tite can assess his group ahead of deciding on his final World Cup squad.

Next month the Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour sees Brazil host Japan in France before heading to London to meet England at Wembley stadium.

Russia vs. Brazil

Venue TBC, Moscow
Friday 23 March 2018
Kick-Off:          
19:00 (MSK) Russia Time
13:00 (BRT) Brazil Time
16:00 (GMT) London Time

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