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 Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy. Photo: Reuters

Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy. Photo: Reuters

Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy. Photo: Reuters

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR centre-back Younes Kaboul has rejected talk he could join Arsenal this summer.

A report suggested the French defender was ready to follow in the footsteps of Sol Campbell in leaving for the red half of north London.

However, Kaboul moved quickly ruled out that prospect on Twitter, posting via his account, @YounsKabs4: "I can confirm 100% that the rumour about me joining Arsenal is not true!!! £coys"

Meanwhile, Daniel Levy is planning major changes off the field but not on it, with the Tottenham chairman keen to avoid another "summer of major upheaval" as the club look to leave White Hart Lane for a new stadium in 2017.

Despite the departure of talisman Gareth Bale, a flurry of big-money signings meant there was an air of excitement around Spurs.

However, few of those acquisitions hit the ground running and poor performances led to Andre Villas-Boas' sacking in December.

Successor Tim Sherwood has not fared much better and Holland manager Louis van Gaal has been widely tipped to come in this summer after a season in which Levy admits the team "have not lived up to expectation".

The plan for the summer is to recruit players in "key positions" but avoid wholesale change in the squad.

Strengthen

"We have come far in the last decade – we have raised our expectations from a club aiming to be in the top half of the table, to competing in Europe each season – to the point at which we find ourselves disappointed if we don't make Champions League," the Spurs chairman said. "We cannot stress strongly enough how critical the new stadium is over the long term to these raised expectations.

"Our focus therefore is to continue to invest in and develop the squad – we shall not look to a summer of major upheaval, but rather to strengthen in key positions and to deliver the new stadium."

The club announced phase one of the Northumberland Development Project has been financed to completion, but the next stage of the stadium process depends on the outcome of the public inquiry held last April.


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