Tottenham Hotspur's Director of Football Administration, Darren Eales, has denied reports linking the club's Mexican midfielder Giovani Dos Santos with a move to the MLS. Dos Santos, who moved to London from Barcelona's academy in 2008, has had yet another disappointing season at White Hart Lane and has made just five league appearances so far.
The 22 year old was reportedly a target for several US clubs in the January transfer window but the Mexican was not keen to play in the MLS.
"I can't really comment on that because that's more of a Daniel [Levy] and Harry [Redknapp] thing but to my knowledge there's no truth to that [the MLS reports]," Goal.com quoted Eales as saying.
The 40 year old stressed he did not want to speculate on the future of star players Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, as reported in earlier IBTimes UK reports, or even manager Harry Redknapp. However, Eales did say the club was pleased with the development of striker Simon Dawkins, who is on loan at MLS side San Jose Earthquakes.
"We've loaned Simon Dawkins to San Jose and that shows the creditability of the league. To send one of our young players out there and he came back a better player, there's a real feeling at Tottenham Hotspur that the MLS is a credible league and we're looking forward to loaning [more] players to the league because it's good at helping young players develop their games," he said.
Eales also praised American keeper Brad Friedel for his performances after joining Spurs from Aston Villa last summer and believes the veteran's presence has helped the club in establishing itself in US markets.
"To talk about Brad Friedel, what a character. He now has what 300 consecutive appearances in the Premier League? I can't see that record being beaten because to do what he does week in and week out is unbelievable," he said.
"He's been brilliant in the dressing room, a real professional. Obviously, you got to be when you are 40-plus still playing in the league. He has had a superb season again even at his age. From an American standpoint, everywhere we've been to promote Tottenham's tour, he's the one player that they [media] are all interested in," Eales added.