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What happened at the Emirates?

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Ramos questions Tottenham ambition

Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Juande Ramos has questioned the club's ambition, suggesting to the Daily Mail that Spurs are more focused on making money rather than lifting silverware.

Juande Ramos will hope to get one over on Spurs on his return to the Lane.
Ramos' League Cup glory with Tottenham in 2008 was the club's last piece of silverware.

Ramos, now in charge of Ukrainian side Dnipro, was appointed Spurs boss in October 2007 but was replaced by Harry Redknapp 12 months later.

During his time in charge, the Spaniard led Tottenham to their first major trophy since 1999 when he claimed League Cup glory over Chelsea in 2008.

He will be reunited with the club when Dnipro face Spurs in the Europa League this month, and, ahead of the two-legged last-32 tie, the former Real Madrid chief has questioned whether the Premier League side is fully committed to fulfilling its potential.

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He said: "Spurs sold Gareth Bale in the summer and with the 100 million euros they have signed five or six players. They will see if any of those players take off and then maybe sell them on and reinvest: that’s the business plan.

"It works well but you have to ask the question: what are you trying to achieve? Are you trying to win money or titles? The sporting side is the priority at Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.

"City sign Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo. They don’t look at the age of the player, they look at the performances. Spurs look at the age, thinking of a future sale.

"I advised them to sign Luka Modric. He spent a couple of years developing and started performing well and they sold him.

"Why aren’t Spurs going to win the league? Because they are always a small step below those three or four teams. Economically it works well but in sporting terms it needs a slight tuning. What are you chasing? Titles or economic success?"

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail also reports Tottenham are keen to tie Hugo Lloris and Jan Vertonghen down on new deals, although agreeing extensions could depend on Spurs qualifying for the Champions League -- with the club currently fifth in the table.


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