Dinamo Zagreb coach sent to prison just days ahead of Tottenham clash

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Dinamo Zagreb head coach Zoran Mamic has resigned after being sent to prison just days ahead of a Europa League last-16 second-leg tie with Tottenham.

The 49-year-old has been sentenced to four years and eight months by Croatia’s supreme court following a conviction for fraud relating club funds.

The Croatian side welcome Spurs to Zagreb on Thursday hoping to overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit and will now be managed by Damir Krznar.

Mamic protested his innocence but accepts his punishment.

He said in a statement on the club’s official website: “Although I do not feel guilty, as I announced earlier, if the verdict is final, I accept it as such and resign from the position of head coach and sports director of GNK Dinamo.

“I wish the club a lot of luck and sporting success in its future work.”

A club statement added: “At a session of the Management Board of GNK Dinamo, the resignation of the current head coach and sports director was accepted, and Mr. Damir Krznar was appointed to the position of head coach of the first team, who will also serve as the club’s sports director.”

Harry Kane scored both goals for Spurs last week where Mamic was in attendance and in good spirits.

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Meanwhile, a report from France has revealed that London rivals Tottenham and Chelsea are willing to pay up to €55million for a Juventus star this summer.

Argentina striker Paulo Dybala is the player in question, with the Serie A giants ready to offload the player.

France Football claims that Juve want to cash in on Dybala to raise funds for a new attacker, with Spurs and Chelsea major contenders for his signature.

The report, as cited by Sport Witness, claims the duo are ready to pay between €50m and €55m to land the player.

Juventus will need to sell Dybala this summer to get any kind of value for the striker. That is due to the fact that his contract runs out in 2022.

The 27-year-old has only scored three goals and added two assists in 16 appearances this season. However, Dybala has not featured in the Juve side since January due to a ligament injury.

The former Palermo star has been a target for Tottenham since Mauricio Pochettino’s days at the club. That interest has continued under Jose Mourinho, who wants another proven marksman alongside Harry Kane.

READ MORE: Wenger outlines key Kane qualities, admits he should be at Arsenal