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Posted on 7 July 2001  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Tottenham talk and transfer tittle-tattle from the daily tabloid press...

DAILY STAR

Carr: I'm driven by trophies

THE SUN

Sicknote will be fit for the big kick-off

The Sun suggests things are going well for Darren Anderton in La Manga after his Achilles operation.

Meanwhile, the Star goes to Stephen Carr's personal website for a story that suggests he would follow Sol Campbell out of the Lane. The full entry on Stephen's personal pages reads: "I know there has been a lot of speculation in the press recently about my future at Tottenham and I've read stories linking me with a move to Barcelona in particular. Of course, you never know how much truth there is in those kind of rumours, but I have to admit it is incredibly flattering when your name is connected to such a prestigious club. It is a huge compliment.

"I have always said that my ambition in the game is to win medals and I would be an idiot if I turned around and said no, out of hand, if a club like Barcelona came in with a firm offer for me. I think any player would have to consider it and I am no different.

"Let's face it, the days of players spending their entire careers with one club are long gone. Players have to move around to realise their ambitions these days and I've already moved once — when I left Ireland to join Spurs — to further my career and it's something I can't rule out in the future. I know fans hate to see their top players leaving but when you look at the Premiership, as well as the major European leagues, it is a fact of life.

"My philosophy is that you get a few opportunities to change your life and do something different and you have to seize them with both hands when they come along. If the chance came to play abroad, to experience a different football culture and a whole different way of life, then I would think very seriously about it indeed.

"I can't pretend I didn't find it incredibly frustrating last season watching my Republic of Ireland team-mates at Manchester United and Leeds playing against the likes of Real Madrid and Valencia in the Champions League. I've played against some of the world's greatest players at international level and it's something I'm desperate to experience at club level.

"I'm envious of watching players like Roy Keane and Ian Harte playing in Europe week in, week out. I've been at Tottenham for nine years and in that time we have only won the Worthington Cup, which is a long time to wait for a single trophy.

"As for Sol Campbell, if I was him, I would have left as well and I wish him all the best at Highbury, although I've got to admit I was very surprised when I heard he had decided to join Arsenal. It must have been a tough decision for him and I admire him for having the courage of his convictions. I will always think of him as a good mate after all our years together at White Hart Lane, but he has obviously done what he feels is right for him.

"Of course, he is going to be under a lot of pressure because of the traditional rivalries between the two clubs, but he knows exactly what it's going to be like. Sol has always been a laid-back character and he's a big enough man to handle the repercussions of the transfer. Don't forget we're only talking about two North London derbies a season and I'm sure he can take whatever flak he gets from the Spurs fans.

"I can understand the fans are hurt by Sol's decision — for them it is the worst thing in the world that could have happened. But they must remember that he has given the club 10 years of loyal service and I don't think anyone can begrudge him the chance to play in Europe and challenge for the league title, even if it is with Tottenham's arch rivals. A decade with a single club is a long time.

"Obviously, a lot of the supporters will feel he has kicked them in the teeth and will want to give him a lot of stick. But what is wrong with him being selfish? The club have known for a long time that Sol was going to leave and he has only done what he believes is in his best interests."