Real Madrid have released an official statement claiming they are surprised by claims made by Mauricio Pochettino who suggested that Tottenham Hotspur were rejected in their request to stay at Valdebebas ahead of the Champions League final.
Spurs will use Real Madrid’s training base as they step up their preparations to face Liverpool in the Spanish capital on June 1st.
Pochettino was quoted by El Partidazo de Cope as suggesting that Real Madrid president said that he could only sleep at the venue when he becomes manager of Los Blancos – which many suggesting that the Spurs boss made the comment in good humour.
Madrid have reacted angrily to the claims to the extent where they felt the need to issue a statement to give their side of the story.
“Real Madrid? I have no other goals if I am not training Tottenham; football takes you where you deserve,” Pochettino told El Partidazo de Cope .
“Ahead of the final, we will train at Valdebebas and sleep in a nearby hotel.
“I asked Florentino to let us sleep in the sports centre, but he told me that I can only sleep there when I become the coach of Real Madrid.”
Madrid countered the claims by releasing the following statement on their official website: “Real Madrid C. F. is surprised with the statements made by the manager of Tottenham Hotspur, Mauricio Pochettino, on an alleged request made to our club for his team to stay in the residence of Real Madrid City on the occasion of the Champions League Final.
“Real Madrid C. F. wants to make clear that it is categorically false that this request was produced. Our club has always shown its absolute availability to attend to all the requests made by Uefa, the Spanish Football Federation, Club Atlético Madrid, Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur.
“All requests to Real Madrid have made reference only and exclusively to the use of the training camps of Real Madrid City and its changing rooms. And all of them have been granted by our club.
“Thus, Liverpool plans to train at our facilities on Saturday, June 1st in the morning. Tottenham, on the other hand, will do so on Thursday, May 30th and Friday, May 31st.
“Real Madrid C. F. also wants to emphasise that the housing of the finalist teams in the Champions League are assigned by Uefa following criteria of organisation and security. And that at no time has it been requested to our club that these teams could stay in the facilities of Real Madrid City.”
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