The January transfer window opens in less than two weeks’ time and the speculation grows around Europe. For Tottenham, that means twice-yearly rumours about Gareth Bale moving to Spain but Spurs’ head coach Andre Villas-Boas claims a move in the New Year is ‘impossible’.
“It is completely impossible he will leave in January,” Andre says in the Daily Mail.
The boss has previously indicated that it would be a quiet period for the club and he went on to admit that he wasn’t a great fan of the mid-season window.
“I think ideally for managers and clubs it would be a better situation if the window didn’t open or opened for less than one month,” he added.
“The transfer window always gives you the opportunity to strengthen your squad. Teams will lose players to African Cup of Nations, but there is a chance to strengthen a little bit. Ideally you’d prefer to avoid it. We should plan our season, stick to players we see in summer, define our season in our season plan and go on from there.”
Later, AVB gave the biggest statement yet with regard to next month’s transfer policy.
“You won’t see Tottenham doing anything in the beginning of January, if we do anything,” Andre confirmed.
“Buying players early in the window makes a difference to the preparation in pre-season but, during the season, it doesn’t have the same effect. I think we are comfortable with how things are.”
All the coach would say is that the club would listen to offers for our fringe goalkeepers but as far as the ‘in-door’ is concerned, it seems unlikely that there will be much activity.