Harry plays down Roman talk

Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp insists that he is in no hurry to allow Russia striker Roman Pavlyuchenko to leave the club.

The 27-year-old is frustrated by a lack of opportunities at White Hart Lane, having started just two games, both in the Carling Cup, this season.

However, Redknapp stated:"I don't want to sell Roman Pavlyuchenko. Technically he's a fantastic talent but he keeps saying he wants to go.

"He's got great ability, but he wants to play regularly and it's been difficult with (Jermain) Defoe, (Peter) Crouch and (Robbie) Keane all doing well. It's unlucky for him."

Meanwhile, Redknapp has admitted that his squad needs to build on a fine start to the new campaign and ensure a European spot for next season.

He added:"We've got a strong squad and we've got Luka Modric to come back. There's more than enough strength in depth.

"Anything other than a European place would be a big disappointment. We only missed out by one point last season, but it's not impossible to finish in the top four.

"There are one or two other teams – Sunderland are going well, and Everton – but any one of Manchester City, Aston Villa and ourselves I think have got a chance of breaking into the top four."

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