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Spurs consider Asia tour

17 March 2009 09:19
Tottenham have confirmed they are considering touring Asia in the summer as part of their pre-season preparations.

The club are looking into various options and are hopeful of being able to release further details in the next few weeks.

"We are considering a number of options for our post and pre season tours this summer," read a club statement.

"These options include various Asian destinations. We expect to make announcements confirming our specific plans in the coming weeks."

However, the Indonesia Football Association (PSSI) have already ruled out a potential tour of Jakarta in May.

According to the Jakarta Globe, Spurs contacted PSSI two weeks ago about the possibility of arranging an exhibition game in the capital of the South East Asian country.

Premier League rivals Manchester United have already made plans to play in Jakarta in late July, while Liverpool are in the process of finalising their South-East Asia tour.

However, PSSI general secretary Nugraha Besoes told the local press it would be too difficult to accommodate Spurs' offer given the time of year.

"The club's agent from London called me last week and offered a Jakarta tour in May. We're flattered by the offer, but unfortunately we had to say no thanks," said Besoes.

"It's not because of legislative elections. It's because in May all Indonesian clubs will be very busy in local competition, so it will be hard to find players that will be willing to play in a friendly. And I'm sure the clubs will also be reluctant to release their players."

The Indonesian Super League stops play from 5th to 16th April due to the national elections on 9th April, but there is a possibility of a delay right until the end of the month.

In addition, a proposed friendly between Indonesia and New Zealand on 1st April had to be cancelled amid security fears during the electoral campaign.

Source: SKY_Sports