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Harry Redknapp happy to host the Beckham show

Harry Redknapp has denied the media circus surrounding David Beckham's presence at Tottenham has affected his team's preparations for tomorrow’s crunch match against Manchester United.

Redknapp's claim that Spurs are serious title contenders will be put to the test when they take on the Red Devils, who top the table and have an eight-point lead over the north London side with a match in hand.

The build-up to this weekend's game at White Hart Lane has been overshadowed by former United star Beckham, who started a four-week training spell with the club on Monday.

Ever since Beckham's arrival there has been a throng of camera crews and photographers stationed outside the club's training ground in Chigwell, Essex, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder.

But Redknapp rejected the suggestion that Beckham's arrival at the club had done more harm than good.

“David has brought a buzz around the place,” Redknapp said.

“Once we come in here we train and get on with it. It doesn't affect us. It has been good having him here. Everyone respects him, likes him.

“There's nothing flashy about him, in my opinion. He just comes in and just gets on with it. He's a great role model for any footballer.”

It is not known whether Beckham will be in the crowd to watch Spurs take on his old team in what Redknapp admits could be a crucial match in the outcome of the title race.

“If we won I think it would open the title race open again,” Redknapp said.

“At the moment Man United are in fantastic shape. They are top of the league and really have a good lead on everybody so everyone at the top will be hoping that we can pull off the result, close the gap and keep everyone involved.”

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