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50-50: Liverpool vs. Real Madrid

Champions League 22 hours ago
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By ESPN Staff
Aug 12, 2008

Spurs sign veteran keeper Sanchez

Tottenham have confirmed the signing of Cesar Sanchez from Real Zaragoza - and the veteran goalkeeper insists he will fight Heurelho Gomes all the way to be first choice.

Sanchez, 36, is expected to be the understudy for Gomes, who has been signed from PSV Eindhoven as Paul Robinson's replacement, with Ben Alnwick another option for head coach Juande Ramos.

'I have fulfilled a dream, it will be unique, he told sky sports. 'I have arrived to help Spurs. I am also here to fight for my place.

'It is up to the manager. Gomes is a good keeper. I believe that the both of us offer a good level.

'Tottenham want a big season, and I am ready for the challenge. I know the Spurs squad is capable of a great performance in the Premier League. I am prepared for everything.'

Sanchez, who earned a Spanish cap earlier in his career, played in the Champions League final for Real Madrid against Bayer Leverkusen in 2002.

Dimitar Berbatov also played in the Hampden Park final, for Bayer Leverkusen, but playing in the same team appears unlikely as the Bulgaria striker has told club officials he wants to leave for Manchester United.

Berbatov trained with Spurs today but the club are waiting for an improved offer from the Premier League and European champions.

Ramos has a list of targets he has handed to chairman Daniel Levy and sporting director Damien Comolli in anticipation of Berbatov's departure.

His transfer would be among radical changes at White Hart Lane, with Robbie Keane leaving for Liverpool and Steed Malbranque, Pascal Chimbonda, Teemu Tainio and Younes Kaboul offloaded.

Monaco forward Nene claims he is a target of Spurs and Roma, although he is not thought to be a player the Premier League club are pursuing at the moment.

The 27-year-old confirmed no official offer has yet been made, but expects developments in the next few days.

'I have had contact with representatives of those two clubs (Tottenham and Roma),' Nene told Brazilian newspaper Jornal do Brasil.

'They asked Monaco about my situation and about the chance of buying me.'

Nene believes he made a good impression on Ramos when the Spaniard was in charge of Sevilla.

'I always played very well against Sevilla and I created some goals,' he said.

'This should have left Juande with a good impression and now my name is on their list of signings.'

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