Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Redknapp wants Pavlyuchenko to stay at Spurs

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has no plans to allow striker Roman Pavlyuchenko to leave the club before the close of the transfer window next Tuesday.

Spartak Moscow today revealed they are willing to pay £10million for the 27-year-old who has struggled to maintain a first-team place at White Hart Lane.

But after watching the Russia international score in his side's 5-1 Carling Cup win at Doncaster, Redknapp revealed he had met with the player's advisors to discuss the situation and has no desire to see him leave north London.

"His people came down the training ground yesterday, they wanted to have a meeting with me to talk about him," Redknapp said. "He doesn't want to go and they don't want him to go. He's very happy.

"His only concern was missing out on the World Cup as he needs to play for Russia but it wasn't a case of him wanting to leave. He's got no issues with the club, he's very happy in London, happy at the club. I don't think anything's going to happen.

"I don't know what we paid for him, you wouldn't get him for £10million anyway. The feedback I had yesterday from him and his people was that he didn't want to go so I don't see him going. I'd like to keep him."

Redknapp, who also admitted that he did not know at what stage Pascal Chimbonda's proposed move to Blackburn was at, was happy to see his Premier League leaders maintain their perfect start to the season with a thrilling five-goal display.

Pavlyuchenko was joined on the scoresheet by England duo Peter Crouch and David Bentley and midfield pair Tom Huddlestone and Jamie O'Hara.

"It was a good win for us but I was impressed with them (Doncaster)," Redknapp continued. "They started great and our keeper made two tremendous saves and they really did start well.

"I did genuinely think they played some great football. Everything about the way Sean (O'Driscoll) has got them playing is absolutely brilliant. They had chances as well and we took ours."

Doncaster boss O'Driscoll was not too disheartened to see his side on the end of such a heavy scoreline.

The home side started well and forced two outstanding saves from Carlo Cudicini, while they also hit the woodwork twice and scored through Martin Woods' penalty.

"I thought it was a thoroughly entertaining game," O'Driscoll said. "Football was the winner. We knew it would be a difficult ask, but we made our own problems. Generally, I don't think you can fault anyone for doing what we tried to do."

O'Driscoll was philosophical about Adam Lockwood's early error that allowed Huddlestone to open the scoring, believing it was a consequence of his men trying to play in the right way.

"You get used to it in football," he added. "Sometimes you have to take goals like the first one on the chin. The alternative is to hit it back to front which is not going to get us anywhere.

"Credit to them (Tottenham). They played the game the right way and they never stopped. Harry has got them believing they can achieve something and he wants to make sure their foot is firmly on the gas. It was a good test for us."