SINGAPORE — Fresh from their charge into last season’s Champions League final, English Premier League (EPL) mainstays Tottenham Hotspur arrived in Singapore early Thursday morning (18 July) for the International Champions Cup pre-season tournament.
Striker Harry Kane and South Korean star forward Son Heung-min, two of Spurs’ most popular players, stopped to sign autographs for a few Spurs die-hard fans, some of whom had waited for nearly an hour for the team to arrive at Mandarin Oriental hotel.
Also in the travelling squad is new club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele, the 22-year-old midfielder signed from French side Lyon for a reported £55 million (S$93 million).
However, Tottenham fullbacks Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier have been left out of this Asia pre-season tour, after being reportedly told that they can leave the club this summer.
Trippier, in fact, has already been confirmed on Wednesday to be moving to Spanish side Atletico Madrid in a £20 million transfer.
Tottenham finished fourth in the Premier League last season, 27 points behind champions Manchester City. They also moved into a spanking-new stadium, built on their old White Hart Lane home, which can seat more than 62,000 fans.
Fans will remember last season for their impressive run into the Champions League final, which included an astonishing semi-final comeback from 0-3 down on aggregate against Dutch side Ajax Amsterdam to triumph on a last-minute away goal.
However, Spurs were unable to bring home the coveted European Cup trophy, being beaten 0-2 by fellow EPL giants Liverpool.
Tottenham will play Italian champions Juventus at the National Stadium on Sunday, before flying off to Shanghai to face Manchester United on 25 July.
Following their Asian pre-season leg, they will head to Munich for a friendly on 31 July with Spanish giants Real Madrid, before returning to their new Tottenham Stadium to face Inter Milan on 4 August.