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Tottenham's Mourinho: Kane ahead of schedule in injury recovery

Tottenham's Mourinho: Kane ahead of schedule in injury recovery


Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil will not leave the club before his contract runs out next year, according to his agent Dr Erkut Sogut.

Ozil had been linked with a move to Major League Soccer side D.C. United in August, but his agent has said there is "no chance" he will leave north London.

"He still has 15 months to go," Sogut told the i. "Until then, he will stay at Arsenal, for sure. He will stay until the end of his contract. There's no chance he'll leave."

Earlier this month, Ozil told reporters in Dubai that he was unsure about his future at the club.

The former Germany international struggled for minutes under Unai Emery at the start of the season but new boss Mikel Arteta has reintegrated him into the starting lineup.

Ozil has only scored one goal this season but Sogut is confident that his client is still capable of playing at the highest level.

"He is going into the end of this contract, he will be 32 years old, he will be a free agent, and it's not a bad situation," Sogut added.

"And he's 32 so he can still go and play in top-level football for the next two or three years."

Ozil played the full 120 minutes as Arsenal were dumped out of the Europa League on Thursday against Olympiakos at the Emirates Stadium.

LONDON -- Tottenham forward Harry Kane is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a hamstring injury and could return for as many as five Premier League games this season, manager Jose Mourinho has said.

Kane limped off during Spurs' 1-0 defeat to Southampton on New Year's Day, with manager Mourinho previously saying that he could be ruled out until the end of the season.

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However, Kane has shown positive signs during his recovery and Mourinho has said that he could return in time to help his side fight for Champions League qualification, but refused to give a fixture to target for Kane's return.

"[He is] a little bit ahead of schedule," Mourinho said in a news conference on Friday. "[He] gives me a little bit of hope that instead of [returning for] one or two matches, he could be three, four or five.

"I'm speculating a little bit. He is feeling good. Everything is going well. Every time he has a little problem, he is the kind of guy that doesn't accept protocol."

Mourinho said that forward Son Heung-Min, who is in South Korea recovering from surgery for a fractured arm, is also likely to return before the end of the season, despite Mourinho having previously said he could miss the rest of the campaign.

"There's a good possibility that before the end of the season we have Harry and Son back playing together," he added. "[Son is] another hope, but we are far from it. He's coming back to England very soon."

Son suffered the arm injury in the early stages of a 3-2 win over Aston Villa earlier this month, a game in which the winger scored two goals, including his side's last-gasp winner.

Spurs face Wolves at home in the Premier League on Sunday, with both clubs in the hunt for Champions League qualification in light of Manchester City's two-year UEFA competition ban, with the this season's fifth-place side possibly able to qualify.

Spurs will also be without defender Ryan Sessegnon and midfielder Moussa Sissoko, who are both ruled out through injury, but will likely include winger Erik Lamela in the matchday squad.