Veteran stopper Cesar excited by Spurs move
ZARAGOZA, August 9 (Premier League) - Veteran Real Zaragoza goalkeeper Cesar Sanchez, who is on the verge of clinching a move to Tottenham Hotspur, has admitted his excitement at the prospect of a move to England so late in his career.
Spurs boss Juande Ramos is set to make Sanchez his second summer recruit between the posts following Heurelho Gomes' arrival earlier in the close season.
The 36-year-old Spaniard is set for a medical on Monday and, if all goes to plan, will put pen to paper on a one-year deal at White Hart Lane.
'It is a very good team and a beautiful opportunity in life,' Sanchez told Spanish sports daily AS. 'Tottenham is the best transfer that I could hope for in the situation I am in and my age.'
Sanchez has been a mainstay between the posts for Zaragoza since joining in 2005.
But the club were relegated last season and new coach Marcelino has made it abundantly clear the veteran shot-stopper is not part of his plans.
However, Sanchez insists he feels no bitterness at being forced out of the club.
'It upsets me because I thought I'd stay and live in Zaragoza after retiring and my family is very happy here,' he added. 'But this will be a good experience for everyone.
'I'm going with the willingness to help and to bring my experience, then we will see if I play less or more.'
Sanchez spent seven years at Valladolid before moving to Primera Liga giants Real Madrid in 2000.
The keeper soon found himself sidelined at the Bernabeu, thanks to the meteoric rise of Iker Casillas - although he did start five of Madrid's nine European games in their successful Champions League campaign in 2002, including the final.
Reports suggest that Spurs will pay Zaragoza 200,000 euros for the keeper, who has one year left on his contract and will pay around 70% of Sanchez's salary with the remainder being met by the Spanish club.