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Tottenham Hotspur inks medical deal with Qatar's Aspetar

English Premier League club will get priority access to the hospital's advanced sports medicine services and facilities as part of agreement

Tottenham Hotspur inks medical deal with Qatar's Aspetar

Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur has signed a medical partnership agreement with Aspetar, the sports medicine and orthopaedic hospital in Qatar.

The deal gives the London club priority access to the hospital's advanced sports medicine services and facilities, a statement said.

A senior delegation from Aspetar travelled to London earlier this week to finalise the agreement before signing it officially at Tottenham Hotspur's training centre, it added.

The agreement seeks to build on the existing informal relationship between the club and Aspetar, and covers medical screening, research, athlete rehabilitation and orthopaedic surgery at the FIFA-accredited Medical Centre of Excellence.

The new agreement will also extend to collaboration on athlete performance assessments, nutrition, and podiatric health as per best practice international standards.

Aspetar's chief operations officer Ibrahim Al-Darwish said: "We are proud to be partnering with England's Tottenham Hotspur FC in providing our medical services and expertise to one of the top clubs in the English Premier League.

"This partnership demonstrates once again our ability to provide world-class medical care to elite athletes, and reflects the international confidence of the world's top clubs and teams in our services and proficiency."

Dr Shabaaz Mughal, Tottenham Hotspur's head of Medical & Sports Science, added: "We are always examining ways we can enhance our players' health and performance in order to ensure they realise their full potential on the pitch and this partnership can only help us further in achieving this. Aspetar is one of the world's best high level performance centres and offers us another outlet to share knowledge and information with some of the leading researchers and practitioners around."

The agreement follows the visit by Tottenham's Argentinian manager Mauricio Pochettino and Dr Mughal to Aspetar last May.

Tottenham, who are competing in this season's UEFA Champions League, joins a long list of top sports clubs that benefit from Aspetar's facilities, services and expertise such as Ligue 1's Paris Saint-Germain.

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