Mauricio Pochettino says he is confident Tottenham will move into their new stadium before Christmas after talks with Daniel Levy.
Spurs were supposed to move into the new White Hart Lane-based arena earlier this month, with the first game originally scheduled against Liverpool on September 15th.
But delays saw the Liverpool match – and many more games to follow – moved to Wembley, where Tottenham lost 2-1.
Confusion over the readiness of the new stadium has continued in recent weeks, with Spurs set play their EFL third round tie against Watford in Milton Keynes on Wednesday night.
There have been rumours the Londoners may be forced to play the entire season elsewhere, but it appears they are unable to play at Wembley past mid-December.
The good news, then, is that Pochettino is now confident the new stadium will be ready around that time.
In a press conference on Tuesday, via the London Evening Standard, the Tottenham boss said: “I am confident. This year. I am confident this year.
“I had some private conversation with Daniel – no not private Jesus [Perez, Spurs assistant manager] was there! I think they are confident. They are working hard to try they are working hard to try to find the solution. I hope before the year, before Christmas, we can play. That’s my wish.
“It will be a big big boost for everyone. [Levy and me] have conversations every day. He called me this morning before training and yesterday we took a coffee here at the restaurant. Yes, it’s tough!
“Sometimes he tells me, sometimes he opens the conversation about the stadium, sometimes I open the conversation and say “Daniel, how is the stadium?” and sometimes it’s tough to explain. But yes we hope and we heard before, I am very confident before the year. I hope that after that comment Daniel doesn’t kill me tomorrow: why you put this expectation on me? He’s going to kill me!”
More than anything else, the club needs to get things sorted for the fans who have paid premium prices for season tickets at the new stadium.