Thursday, 4 December 2008

Hildebrand Released From Valencia To Pave Way For Swoop For Spurs Keeper?


La Liga club Valencia have revealed that they have released German International goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand, which could pave the way for a January swoop for Cesar Sanchez at Premiership club Tottenham Hotspur, who the Xotos have been heavily linked with recently.

29-year-old Hildebrand (left) has fallen out of favour at the Mestalla, with Valencia coach Unai Emery opting to play Brazilian Renan Brato in goal at the Spanish club. Hildebrand joined Valencia from Bundesliga side Stuttgart in 2007 and had been under contract at Los Che until 2010.

“Valencia wishes Hildebrand the best of luck in his future professional career,” A statement read on its Web site.

Valencia could now make a January move for Spurs No2 keeper Cesar Sanchez, who despite Tottenham No1 Heurelho Gomes making a string of high-profile errors since his summer transfer from PSV Eindhoven to White Hart Lane for £7.8million, has still to make an appearance for the North London club in the Premier League.

Cesar’s agent Arturo Canales is understood to have already met with Valencia sporting director Fernando Gomes about a proposed return to Spain. However, Cesar has played down talk of a return to Spain, with the former Real Madrid shot-stopper insisting he is happy in the Premiership and did not wish to discuss the possibility of leaving Tottenham.

Cesar told on Monday: “I am in London, waiting to know what is going to happen.

“My mission is simple – work every day and then the coach takes his decisions.

“I have been told that Spurs are looking to sign a keeper in January, but we have not been told anything by the club yet.

“Personally I am happy with my Premier League experience but playing some minutes is also what I want.

“Returning to Spain? I am under contract with Spurs and do not wish to speak about rumours.”

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