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Assou-Ekotto committed to Spurs

Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto has reaffirmed his commitment to the club, distancing himself from earlier quotes hinting at a summer move.

Assou-Ekotto has been a key figure for Spurs this term, playing every league game until suffering a season-ending shoulder injury against QPR last month, but a story in France Football appeared to suggest he was eyeing a transfer.

The Cameroon international, who has been at White Hart Lane since 2006, moved quickly to refute such claims, telling BBC Sport: "I want to take this opportunity to clarify some comments that have appeared in the media today. I am fully committed to Tottenham Hotspur and proud to represent the club in any match, whatever the competition."

He added: "I am very much enjoying my time here. It is a wonderful club with great support and I am looking forward to recovering from my injury in time for next season."

Assou-Ekotto was reacting to stories that referred to a possible "gentleman's agreement" with chairman Daniel Levy regarding his availability should a top European club declare an interest.

"Everything is possible,'' France Football quoted Assou-Ekotto as saying. "When I met my chairman last January, he told me that if a club bigger than Tottenham came for me, it (the club) would not necessarily be against a departure.

"With my chairman, there was a gentleman's agreement. As he is a man of his word, I hope it will make things easier if a great club comes in.

"If there is a change at Tottenham - some more money is made available maybe - I wouldn't be against the idea of staying, but otherwise I'll try to move forward, as I did when I left Lens.

"A few months ago, I said I never wanted to participate in the Europa League, because this competition is useless.

"If I have to leave Tottenham, it will be to join a club that makes the Champions League. Spain, Italy, Germany, wherever. The grass is green everywhere!''

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