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Victor Ruiz is NOT a replacement for Musacchio!

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Can we just make this perfectly clear? As the team did A WEEK AGO? I am tired of reading articles that use Victor Ruiz's signing to claim Villarreal has a replacement for Musacchio.

Manuel Queimadelos Alonso

This morning I see a La Liga blog loudly proclaiming "Musacchio close to Spurs move", with the reasoning being that now that Victor Ruiz has signed for Villarreal, we have "found a replacement" for him.  Sorry, but that's not true.  Everyone connected with the club made that clear at the time.  Ruiz is, if anything, a replacement for Pablo Iñiguez, who has made a very slow return from injury and might even go back to the B team to get minutes (if he's not loaned out in the next few weeks).

A more insightful (and balanced) perspective is here, suggesting that the momentum for the deal has cooled, with Sr. Roig offering a new contract to Mateo.  I would expect that if he does feature against Sassuolo (and given he has been training and was given a squad number, this seems likely) it's probably correct that Tottenham must look elsewhere.

Meanwhile, for comedy value, check this out.  Not only does the author repeat the statement that Ruiz is Mateo's replacement (and takes credit for "revealing it'!) but the claims that "Villarreal have to give, or be stuck with too many players and a wage bill they can't afford"  and "he sees Spurs as a step up in grade"  I find hard to believe.  No mention of Sr. Roig offering him a new contract either.

I guess when you support an EPL club you can simply treat all other clubs as inferior, and greedy if they don't accept your unwanted advances?

Meanwhile, the Jonathan de Guzmán rumors are heating up.  Swansea have only been willing to offer €7m for him;  Queen's Park Rangers apparently have offered €9m, and Napoli are interested as well.  Napoli's interest could go away if Man United agree to loan Fellaini to them at a reasonable price.  I suppose from our perspective having multiple interested parties is good, as long as one of them works out.

De Guzman would I expect prefer Napoli, since QPR is a newly-promoted side with no guarantee of survival--it would be Swansea all over again.   The Italian club will be playing in Europe, though they have to beat Athletic Bilbao to get into the Champions League group stage; otherwise they will play in the Europa League.

Everyone wants a sale so it is a case of sit tight and wait for Villarreal to give, which they will have to do or be stuck with too many players and a wage bill they can't afford. Nobody else is interested so at the moment we have no competition and are in a strong position. - See more at: http://tottenhamhotspur.blogspot.com/2014/08/mateo-musacchio-fix.html#sthash.lGQrtZLz.dpuf
Everyone wants a sale so it is a case of sit tight and wait for Villarreal to give, which they will have to do or be stuck with too many players and a wage bill they can't afford. Nobody else is interested so at the moment we have no competition and are in a strong position. - See more at: http://tottenhamhotspur.blogspot.com/2014/08/mateo-musacchio-fix.html#sthash.lGQrtZLz.dpuf