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A new era has dawned for Tottenham after manager Andre Villas-Boas staged his first training session at the club's purpose-built £45m training base in Enfield, North London.

Tottenham had been based at their Spurs Lodge training ground at a time when their London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal have developed modern facilities.

Now Spurs have joined the modern era after Villas-Boas conducted his first training session at the club's state-of-the-art home away from home, which will feature 11 pristine football pitches, with under soil heating installed to ensure adverse weather will not affect first team sessions.

The impressive two-story complex features a swimming pool, fitness centre/gym, changing rooms, a canteen and media centre and will be situated in a road named Hotspur Way.

"If we are competing with other clubs for a very well-known player and he comes looks at this facility and it is miles ahead of anybody else, then hopefully it will give us an edge," said Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.

"Any club with aspirations needs a world-class training centre in order to be able to attract and train top quality players. The Club has worked extremely closely with Enfield Council and Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, and I should like to thank them for their help in making this vision a reality."

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