Tottenham defender sets record straight

Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto has stated that he does not want to leave the club, despite claims to the contrary in the media.

The Cameroon international has been a consistent performer for the White Hart Lane team over the last number of seasons, but is currently on the sidelines through injury.

With Tottenham’s Champions League hopes hanging in the balance going into the last day of the season, Assou-Ekotto was quoted by the French press as claiming he would be open to a move away from Harry Redknapp’s men.

“Everything is possible,” the left-back told France Football, translated to English by The Daily Mail.

“When I met my chairman last January, he told me that if a club bigger than Tottenham came for me, the club would not necessarily be against a departure.

“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.

“All players want to play in the Champions League. 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,” he stated.

However, the African defender later released a second statement pledging his future to the club.

“I want to take this opportunity to clarify some comments that have appeared in the media today,” he told Sky Sports.

“I am fully committed to Tottenham Hotspur and proud to represent the club any match, whatever the competition.

“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,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight