Update: Tottenham have announced the scheduled matches against Liverpool and Cardiff City in September and October will no longer take place at the new stadium. They will instead take place at Wembley.
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Tottenham have made a “secret payment” to the FA in order to play upcoming home games at Wembley, just in case their new White Hart Lane-based stadium isn’t ready, according to reports.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side were supposed to play just one match at Wembley this term – next Saturday’s Premier League meeting with Fulham – before moving into their new ground, where they are still set to host their first game against Liverpool on September 15th.
But the Sun claims there are genuine fears over the readiness of the stadium, and club chairman Daniel Levy has secured a deal with the FA that will allow the Tottenham to play their Champions League group home matches, and a number of Premier League home games, at Wembley.
However, the Sun – and reliable Spurs journalist Dan Kilpatrick of the London Evening Standard – believe Spurs still intend to move into their new stadium after the Fulham match.
In the Sun’s story, an FA official is quoted as saying: “Spurs have taken up the option to come to Wembley for a number of Premier League home games and the home games in the group stage of the Champions League.
“However, it is still their intention to play their home games at White Hart Lane after the Fulham game (at Wembley).”
There is likely to be an update on the situation closer to the Liverpool match on September 15th. Until then, Tottenham fans won’t truly know exactly when the club will play its first game back in north London.