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Jose Mourinho makes Arsenal declaration as fans handed Tottenham Hotspur Stadium return boost

All the very latest Tottenham Hotspur news, views and transfer rumours from ahead of Spurs' Premier League clash with north London rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday

Here is your Tottenham Hotspur morning digest for Saturday, March 13.

Mourinho makes Arsenal admission

Spurs head coach Jose Mourinho has admitted that he does not look down the Premier League table to see where Arsenal are ahead of tomorrow's North London Derby at the Emirates Stadium.

The two sides will go head-to-head in the latest instalment of this fierce rivalry with seven points separating them in the table. At the time of writing, Spurs are seventh in the table with 45 points to their name and the Gunners are 10th on 38 points.

But despite the difference between the two clubs, as well as the two different paths the clubs have been on this season, the Portuguese chief does not believe the power in north London has shifted to his team.

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Mourinho said: "I want to be respectful, I don't want to go in that direction. I'm very proud to be at Tottenham, I have the feeling every day that I work at a big club, but in spite of the rivalry between us and Arsenal I want to be respectful.

"Arsenal is a big club with a big history, a little bit like us they're trying to build a better future. I have total respect for them."

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Spurs fans handed boost over return to matches

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium could be full to capacity at the start of the 2021/22 Premier League season, Premier League chief executive Richard Masters believes.

Spurs' home, along with every other football ground in the country, has been empty for more than a year, aside from the brief return some supporters made in December, as the coronavirus pandemic has continued to take hold.

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However, with the UK having set a date to end all restrictions by June and to get back to a normal way of life, Masters believes there is a chance stadiums could be rocking come the start of next term.

"The Government's roadmap is really welcome because it sets out a plan for a return of supporters, so hopefully the final two fixtures of our season will have up to 10,000 supporters in them all," Masters told Premier League Productions.

"We've go to go past those initial steps in the Government's roadmap to get there, so hopefully that will be a fantastic finale to the end of our season.

"From the beginning of next season onwards, our goal is to have full stadia and obviously the Government's roadmap offers us that opportunity.

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"There's a lot of water to pass under the bridge before that can happen but that's our ultimate goal. The return of full vibrant Premier League stadia and a return to the normal Premier League."

It is hoped that 10,000 fans will be able to attend matches during the final round of Premier League fixtures this season.

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Spurs eye Blades star

Tottenham will launch a bid to sign Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge this summer, reports in France, as cited by Tottenham Blog, claim.

Berge joined United in a big-money move in January 2020 and made an immediate impact in the Premier League, helping the Blades record a ninth-placed finish.

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This season, however, the Norwegian has struggled on the injury front, being limited to just 14 appearances for the Blades in league and cup.

But with the South Yorkshire club destined for relegation, it is unlikely that Berge would be willing to apply his trade in the Championship, already sparking interest from several clubs, including Spurs.

It is claimed that both Spurs and Arsenal are keen on the 23-year-old and United would sell him for around £22million.

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