Belfast Telegraph

Levy: Redknapp focused on Spurs

Daniel Levy revealed he has been given assurances by Harry Redknapp that the Tottenham manager is committed to White Hart Lane.

Redknapp is a leading contender to replace Fabio Capello after Euro 2012 when the Italian steps down as England manager, a position that is of enormous appeal to the 64-year-old. But Spurs are eager to keep the man who has guided them into the Barclays Premier League title frame, at least in the short to medium term.

Levy, the club chairman who was speaking at the Tottenham annual general meeting, said: "Harry has 18 months left on his contract. We have had a conversation where it was said that as far as Harry's concerned, he's very happy here and that he doesn't particularly want to consider England at the present time."

He added: "We will worry about that situation if it arises in the summer."

Levy was equally defiant on Tottenham's determination to keep the players who have proved instrumental in establishing the club in such a strong position this season.

Gareth Bale and Luka Modric top the list of stars who could attract attention during the January transfer window, but Levy has issued a hands-off warning to rival clubs.

"We have a great squad with exceptional talent and none of the main players will be leaving in January," he said.

Tottenham sit fourth in the Premier League table, seven points behind leaders Manchester City with a game in hand, but lost ground with Sunday's defeat at Stoke.

"I hope we have a great season and that we can finish in the top four or, who knows, maybe even higher. We want first place," said Levy.

"I spoke to Harry and told him not to be too despondent, because if we win our game in hand against Everton, we could be only four points behind Manchester City."


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