Tottenham blow as 25-year-old star could now miss the entire pre-season and start of next campaign

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Cristian Romero has publicly declared his ambition to be one of Argentina's three older players for the Olympics this year.

Tottenham defender Cristian Romero doesn't want to take a break and has revealed he wants to play for his country at the Copa America this summer and the Olympic games days after that.

The men’s football at the Paris Games starts on July 24 - just ten days after the Copa America final is held at Hard Rock Stadium in Florida. The double duty means 25-year-old Romero will miss Tottenham's pre-season and even the first week of the new season if Argentina go all the way in both competitions.

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He told Mundoalbiceleste.com: “I never had the chance to be in the Olympic Games and I would love to. Obviously, it doesn’t depend on me, but if you want to take me I am available for the Argentine national team.

“I continue with the same enthusiasm and desire as always to continue doing things well at the club to continue having the possibility of being here.”

Spurs looking for Champions League Football

Tottenham have had a couple of weeks to lick their wounds after the defeat to Fulham and will welcome Luton Town to north London this weekend. Ange Postecoglou's side suffered an embarrassing defeat before the international break and know that they can not afford another slip-up if they are to secure Champions League football next season.

The Lilywhites are two points behind Aston Villa in fourth place in the league but have season-defining games against Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool all still to come before the end of the campaign.

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They have improved under their Australian manager but having crashed out of the League Cup and FA Cup at the early stage, they'll need to at least secure Champions League football for the season to have a happy ending to a campaign that saw them win eight and draw two of their first 10 games.

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