Chelsea and Spurs in Arnesen compo talks

CHELSEA and Tottenham will continue discussions over a compensation package for sporting director Frank Arnesen today.

The two parties spent much of yesterday in dialogue over the amount of cash required by Spurs before they would consider releasing the Dane from his current contract at White Hart Lane.

Arnesen was suspended by Tottenham on Saturday amid accusations by Spurs that Chelsea had breached FA Premier League rules by making an illegal approach.

However, Chelsea deny they are guilty of tapping up Arnesen and say that a letter sent from the Premiership champions was addressed to Spurs chief Daniel Levy and merely copied to Arnesen.

Spurs insist that constitutes a breach of the rules but have so far failed to lodge a formal complaint with the Premier League over the matter. A spokesperson for the club said: “Frank was suspended on Saturday and the club are weighing up its options with regard to a formal complaint.”

That delay in lodging an official complaint is almost certainly linked to the discussions currently ongoing between the two London clubs.

However, if they come to a settlement over compensation for Arnesen, it will not stop Spurs lodging a complaint with the FAPL.

There was some good news for Spurs with England goalkeeper Paul Robinson revealing he is set to sign an new long-term contract with the club. However, Robinson also voiced his disappointment about Arnesen’s suspension and his likely departure.

“Frank’s good at dealing with players, bringing them in and helping to build the squad and then it has been Martin Jol who has got us to where we are now on the pitch. In football clubs you see individuals come and go but we have to move on.

“As players we have to get on with our jobs and that’s to go out and win as many games as possible.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal defender Ashley Cole last night began his fight to clear his name in the ‘tapping-up’ row that is threatening to engulf football. Cole, Chelsea and their manager Jose Mourinho were fined after all three were found guilty last Thursday of breaking Premier League rules by meeting at a London hotel in January.

The Premier League confirmed an appeal had been lodged by the England star’s legal team over the sanctions imposed by an independent commission last week.

The case will now be heard by an FA Premier League appeals board.

Chelsea still have time before the 14-day deadline, from June 1, to lodge an official appeal. There is unlikely to be a swift conclusion to the saga, which may eventually have to be settled by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.

Cole’s immediate future is clouded after the 24-year-old admitted he felt aggrieved by what he sees as a lack of support from Arsenal over the sorry episode which originated from stalled contract talks.

Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are both rumoured to be interested in the £20m-rated defender.

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