Pavlyuchenko reveals intention to quit Spurs


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Roman Pavlyuchenko has declared his intention to quit the club in the January transfer window.

In recent weeks, his agent and Guus Hiddink have repeatedly expressed concern that the Russian forward has not been playing and finally Pavlyuchenko has expressed this himself.

Pavlyuchenko finds himself fourth choice in the striking pecking order behind Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe and Robbie Keane and Hiddink has warned him his position is under threat in the national team.

He has only made six appearances in all competitions this season and is intending to have showdown talks with Harry Redknapp after the World Cup qualifying play-offs against Slovenia over the next week.

“I want to leave the club. It is impossible to remain there under the circumstances I find myself in.

“I have been sitting on the subs’ bench for halfa year and as a result lost a place in the starting 11 of the national team.

“And now hopefully we will get to the World Cup – who will rely on a forward who does not play?

“I want to play and not just warm the bench.

“Immediately after the games with Slovenia, my agent and I are flying to London for purposeful negotiations and I want to take part in them personally.”

Pavlyuchenko was signed for £14m in August 2008 and is worried his move away will be delayed by Tottenham trying to recoup their outlay on the Russian.

“I will ask the management to quote a reasonable for me.

“Our manager Harry redknapp does not talk to me on the matter. At the start of the season, our manager said that four forwards is exactly the optimum number, but now he states three is enough.

“And I am the fourth one, so it is obvious that I should part with the club.

“The only thing that can stand in the way is an unmanageable price. But I will insist on leaving.

“The important thing now is to reach a compromise that will be suitable for the club and me, and my future club.”

Pavlyuchenko has been linked with moves back to Russia with Zenit St Petersburg and Spartak Moscow, as well as AC Milan and Valencia.

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