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Spurs captain seeks to ‘end all the speculation’ about his injuries and contract

22:30 06 October 2014

Younes Kaboul

Younes Kaboul

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Tottenham captain Younes Kaboul says he wants to “end all the speculation” about his injuries and his contract situation, stating his fitness problems are behind him and that he has a deal that runs until 2016.

Kaboul had knee surgery in August 2012, which ruled him out for the whole of the following campaign, and he then suffered regular setbacks in his comeback, missing 14 games between November and February last season due to a thigh problem.

However, the centre-back has been a first-team regular since March and he does not foresee another further fitness issues.

“That is finished, look at me on the pitch,” he said. “I want to end all the speculation about all of my injuries.

“You know, for a professional footballer, you need a full pre-season. If a player goes through all of a full pre-season over nearly two months, he should be fine.

“You always can have these little injuries, that is normal, but physically you feel much better. This is the first time I’ve had a pre-season for three years so I had no injury, I am fully fit and feel very good.”

It is widely believed that Kaboul’s Tottenham contract expires in the summer, which contributed to the surprise in some quarters when he was named club captain.

But the Frenchman said: “I still have until June 2016 and I am very happy at Spurs.”

Meanwhile, Kaboul has spoken of his pride at playing under Mauricio Pochettino and being given the captain’s armband by the new head coach.

“Mauricio was a top defender first of all, a very classy defender,” said the skipper. “We learn a lot from him because he has got experience at this level and we try to put everything he has taught us into the game.

“We’ve been working on reading the game properly and anticipating stuff. I think we have applied this already during the games.

“Of course I remember him as a player. He scored against Auxerre, the team I was playing with, and I was a ball boy.

“He scored in the goal that I was just behind and I remember it. It was a volley from his right foot and it was the first game of Ronaldinho being at PSG. I remember it like it was yesterday and now he is my manager.

“I’ve spoken to him about it and he remembered the goal. That was only 2001, it was not long ago when you think about it, and now he is my manager. I am very proud.

“I am the captain and I am very delighted about that. But the most important thing is that all the players have their words to say.

“I will always be myself and, during the games, I hope my team-mates will help each other every day. We’ve got a good understanding on the pitch.”

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