Kranjcar staying at White Hart Lane

Tottenham midfielder Niko Kranjcar has stated that he has no plans of leaving White Hart Lane, despite finding first team opportunities limited at the North London club.

The Croatia international plays second fiddle to the likes of Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale at Harry Redknapp’s side, and has been linked with a January exit from the club.

Despite the lack of regular football potentially harming his chances of playing at Euro 2012, Kranjcar has committed to Tottenham.

“I still believe my future is here,” he told Sky Sports.

“I know the next few months I want to stay, get in shape and hopefully have a good Euro 2012.

“The club have been great with me since I came. If I don’t play here I still hope to be in good shape for the Euros.

“I would hope to prove myself in the friendlies before the tournament. That’s why I’m staying.

“I hope to prove that I deserve my place in the national team. The manager (Slaven Bilic) has stuck by me all the way through.

“This squad is definitely the equal of anyone’s.

“We had a second-string team out against Cheltenham but still had eight internationals on the pitch. That shows the strength of the squad,” he concluded.

Kranjcar did get a start in the FA Cup win over Cheltenham, but is expected to have to make way for some of the first team regulars in the Premier League game with Everton on Wednesday.

By Gareth McKnight