Three Tottenham players, Lo Celso, Romero and Sanchez, are undergoing quarantine in Dubrovnik before returning to the UK, reports Dubrovacki Vjesnik.
The three are undergoing their mandatory ten-day quarantine and also training. Cristian Romero and Giovano Lo Celso, the two Tottenham stars who also play for the Argentina National team and the most expensive Colombian ever and Tottenham defender, Davinson Sanchez. The Tottenham trio are all training on the pitches of the county level club “NK Čibača” in Župa dubrovačka.
So how did an estimated 100 million Euros of Premier League talent end up training on the pitches of a county team in Dubrovnik?
Last week the Argentine Spurs duo were with the national team in Brazil in the World Cup qualifiers, but this super derby of the South American qualifiers was interrupted because of quarantine rules had been violated. Due to the delta variant of the coronavirus, which is widespread in Great Britain, the Brazilians prescribed 14 days of quarantine on everyone coming from the United Kingdom. The Tottenham footballers did not carry out their quarantine so the Brazilian health regulator decided to stop the game and deport them from the country. The deported players then travelled to Croatia where they will spend ten days, after which they will return to England.
Training in NK Župa Dubrovačka - Photo Tonci Vlasic
So why Croatia? If the UK based footballers had returned directly to the UK they would have had to spend 14 days in quarantine due to UK rules on people arriving from Brazil. So to cut short their quarantine by ten days they decided to come to Croatia and train in the sunshine. And as Croatia is on the UK’s green travel list they only have to spend 10 days in quarantine. One thing is for certain, this strange case highlights the overwhelming amount of politics involved in this global pandemic.
Yes, the trio missed this weekend’s Premier League match with Crystal Palace, but they will be back in the UK four days ahead of schedule.
From Sao Paulo to Čibača
Just how a Premier League team got in contact with a small club in the far south of Croatia is unsure, but it appears from sources that Tottenham have rented the whole stadium and pitches from NK Čibača. One theory is that the owner of Tottenham FC, Joe Lewis, was recently in Dubrovnik on his mega yacht Aviva, and maybe he could have been scouting for possible training grounds. Although it seems highly unlikely that a billionaire would be scouting and also much more likely that he would have chosen the pitches inside Dubrovnik rather than a small county level team.
Lo Celso training in Čibača - Photo Tonci Vlasic
The second theory is that the club was recommended to Tottenham from the Croatian first division club Hajduk Split. But why would they recommend a club that barely has a stadium. The answer could well be that the current President of Hajduk, Lukša Jakobušić, actually lives relatively close to the Čibača stadium. But why wouldn’t the Tottenham stars just train at the Hajduk stadium. Again, this could well be due to the fact that South American players are in fact already training there and carrying out their ten-days quarantine. Two Argentinians, Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and the club’s £40million record signing Emiliano Buendia are both currently training in Split.
From a high-profile derby between Brazil and Argentina in Sao Paulo to a county level club in the far south of Croatia in a stadium that barely holds a 100 spectators. The weird story on how 100 million Euros of Premier Leaguer football talent is currently training at NK Čibača.