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Friday, June 29, 2012
Giovani to leave Spurs

ESPN staff

Giovani dos Santos is expected to complete a move away from Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.

• Giovani wants Spurs talks

Giovani, 23, joined Spurs from Barcelona in 2008 but, following the sacking of Juande Ramos in October that year, has had minimal first-team opportunities.

A move to Villarreal apparently fell through when they were relegated from La Liga, but Sevilla and Atletico Madrid have been credited with an interest, and Mexico's Olympic coach, Luis Fernando Tena, has now said a deal will be completed in the coming days.

"He asked us if he could complete the transfer from Tottenham to another team," Tena was quoted as saying on "He has to go to sign papers. He has to go to get them sorted out.

"The most important thing is his mental state. We never had a doubt when he told us (he wanted to go back to Europe). We told him: 'Go. Do it.'

"He told us the name of the club. I can't say which club, but for us it is much better if he is relaxed, that he gets his contract sorted and that he comes back physically and mentally at his best level, content and knowing that he is going to play."

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