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HAPPY HUGHTON

Posted on 5 July 2006  - 12:00

Chris Hughton reported that newcomers Dimitar Berbatov and Benoit Assou-Ekotto settled well on the first day of pre-season at Spurs Lodge.

Chris Hughton reported that newcomers Dimitar Berbatov and Benoit Assou-Ekotto settled well on the first day of pre-season at Spurs Lodge.

Striker Dimitar and full-back Benoit joined us from Bayer Leverkusen and RC Lens respectively in the summer and were introduced to their new team-mates on Wednesday.

"It's an ideal day for the new lads to get to know everyone and they were both happy on their first day," said coach Chris.

"Dimitar has a good grasp of the English language and although that's not the case with Benoit yet and it will take a little time, he's getting all the help he needs from us."

The majority of the first team and development squads were back at the Lodge to begin pre-season preparations with fitness tests with the coaching and medical staff - the first steps leading to the big kick-off at Bolton on August 19.

"The lads did very well," added Chris. "It was the normal routine on the first day back - measurements, weights, physical tests, medical tests and tests with the physiotherapists.

"It's important for our assessments to get a good gauge on where players are at this stage of pre-season.

"They've all worked well in the summer and as each year goes past, players are better prepared and certainly look after themselves in the summer.

"It's always a nice day for them anyway, the first time they've been all together for a while and time to catch up."