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Spurs rubbish Dos Santos rumours

SoccerNews in MLS 29 Apr 2012

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Tottenham director of football administration Darren Eales has rubbished reports linking Giovani Dos Santos with a move to the MLS.

The Mexico international has endured another frustrating campaign at White Hart Lane and has made just 12 appearances for Spurs this season.

Dos Santos was the target of MLS clubs during the January transfer window, according to his agent Vicente Montes, who also claimed the midfielder was not interested in a move to the United States.

“I can’t really comment on that because that’s more of a Daniel (Levy) and Harry (Redknapp) thing but to my knowledge there’s no truth to that (the MLS reports),” Eales said.

Eales would not address the futures of Dos Santos, Gareth Bale, Luka Modric or manager Harry Redknapp.

However, he did mention that the club is very pleased with the development of Simon Dawkins in MLS and also pointed to Robbie Keane’s form as proof that the league is very competitive.

“We’ve loaned Simon Dawkins to San Jose and that shows the creditability of the league,” Eales said.

“To send one of our young players out there and he came back a better player, there’s a real feeling at Tottenham Hotspur that the MLS is a credible league and we’re looking forward to loaning (more) players to the league because it’s good at helping young players develop their games.”

Eales also praised the performances Brad Friedel, who he said has been a solid addition and has also helped Tottenham in marketing its brand in the United States.

“To talk about Brad Friedel, what a character,” Eales said.

“He now has what 300 consecutive appearances in the Premier League? I can’t see that record being beaten because to do what he does week in and week out is unbelievable.

“He’s been brilliant in the dressing room, a real professional. Obviously, you got to be when you are 40-plus still playing in the league.

“He has had a superb season again even at his age. From an American standpoint, everywhere we’ve been to promote Tottenham’s tour, he’s the one player that they (media) are all interested in.”

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