Spurs announce Real Madrid deal – are they a feeder club?
Jokes about Arsenal and Barcelona, but fears over Bale as clubs agree to co-operate
LUKA MODRIC has finally completed his long-awaited move from Spurs to Real Madrid, and it is being reported that the deal will herald the start of a beautiful friendship for the two clubs.
According to The Daily Telegraph the transfer is first step towards what it calls a 'collaboration agreement' between the Spanish champions and the Londoners.
"What precisely the co-operation will in future entail has yet to be confirmed, although sources say Jose Mourinho will initiate a flow of Real Madrid players to White Hart Lane," says the paper. It adds: "Much of the focus of the new relationship will be in commercial activities."
The two clubs will set up sessions for coaches and behind the scenes staff to exchange tips and it is hoped that the deal will benefit both teams financially.
The tie-up is said to be the brainchild of Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and his opposite number in Madrid, Florentino Perez, who hit it off when the two clubs met in the Champions League last season.
However, the strained relationship between the clubs' managers has caught the eye of many observers. "Jose Mourinho and Andre Villas-Boas have been thrown together again in the most unlikely of double acts," says the Mirror.
It reports that although Villas-Boas began his career as a scout for Mourinho the two men fell out when they parted ways in 2009 and the younger man embarked on his own career. It has even been claimed that the pair have not spoken since Villas-Boas returned to Mourinho's old club Chelsea as manager in 2011.
"Peace has been brokered to ensure the partnership between Real and Spurs will not be ruined by any bad blood between the two figureheads," explains the paper.
But fans are worried that Spurs will simply become a feeder club for the Spanish giants. "The deal has already raised inevitable speculation that the relationship will eventually lead to Gareth Bale, Spurs' most marketable player, moving to Madrid," says the Telegraph.
However, the Metro says that his departure is inevitable and the set up "may actually turn out to be a masterstroke from Daniel Levy", according to blogger Massimo Marioni.
"Spurs will presumably have options to sign/loan a host of talented cast-offs which Real's multi-million pound side can't accommodate," he writes. "Spurs now (in theory) have 'an in' at debatably the biggest club in world football."
Of course there has been plenty of reaction on Twitter. Some fans welcomed the news while others were less optimistic, predicting that the Spurs' best players would now be sold to Real.
But many saw opportunity to mock Spurs' north London rivals, Arsenal. In recent years Arsenal have sold Thierry Henry, Alexander Hleb, Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song to Real Madrid's Spanish rivals Barcelona, while Emmanuel Adebayor, Kolo Toure, Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri have quit to join Manchester City.
Echoing the thoughts of many, Kunal Pandya asked: "So Spurs and Real Madrid agree a 'Partnership'. Is that the same type of 'Partnership' that Arsenal have with Barcelona and Man City."