Spurs ex­ec­u­tives treated to Michael Jack­son songs at new sta­dium

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Football - By Matt Law

Daniel Levy gave his Tot­ten­ham staff a glimpse of the fu­ture as he hosted a Michael Jack­son-in­spired night at the club’s new sta­dium.

Man­ager Mauricio Po­chet­tino and his as­sis­tant Je­sus Perez were among the guests, mainly heads of de­part­ment and ex­ec­u­tive sup­port­ers, who were treated to a sneak pre­view of what they could ex­pect when the sta­dium fi­nally opens.

Ex­perts be­lieve Tot­ten­ham will not be in a po­si­tion to move into their new home be­fore Fe­bru­ary.

As part of the event on Thurs­day night, 11 dancers dressed in full Spurs kit made their way on to the pitch to the club’s en­trance mu­sic, be­fore per­form­ing a rou­tine to a Michael Jack­son med­ley, which started with Smooth Crim­i­nal.

Po­chet­tino and Perez dined at chair­man Levy’s ta­ble, over­look­ing the pitch which had been fully marked up for the oc­ca­sion. Guests were also given a tour of the di­rec­tors’ box and ex­ec­u­tive lounges.

The pres­ence of Po­chet­tino, who takes his team to Crys­tal Palace to­day, fur­ther un­der­lined the fact the Ar­gen­tine in­tends to lead Tot­ten­ham into the new sta­dium, when­ever that might be. Fears have cir­cu­lated that Po­chet­tino could be tempted away by an of­fer from Manch­ester United or Real Madrid.

The Daily Tele­graph un­der­stands there is no chance of Po­chet­tino leav­ing mid-sea­son and it re­mains very un­likely he would con­sider of­fers be­fore be­com­ing the first man to stand in the dugout of the new sta­dium.

Mean­while, Tot­ten­ham are among the clubs wait­ing to see whether De­clan Rice re­mains true to his word and signs a new West Ham United con­tract.

Rice this week stated he ex­pected to ex­tend his deal, but the de­lay in the de­fen­sive mid­fielder do­ing so has alerted a host of top clubs. Scott Parker was the last player to move di­rectly be­tween West Ham and Spurs in 2011.

Rice has be­come a reg­u­lar in mid­field un­der Manuel Pellegrini, yet Tot­ten­ham, Manch­ester United, Chelsea, Borus­sia Dort­mund and Bay­ern Mu­nich are all mon­i­tor­ing his sit­u­a­tion.

The 19-year-old, whose £3,000-a-week academy con­tract is be­lieved to run to 2021, said: “I want to sign for West Ham and I think it is go­ing to hap­pen. Play­ing ev­ery week is what is best for me at the mo­ment and, hope­fully, the con­tract can come soon.”

Show time: Dancers in Spurs kit line up on the pitch at the new sta­dium

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