Redknapp wants Pavlyuchenko to stay

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Harry Redknapp has insisted that he does want to offload want-away striker Roman Pavlyuchenko in January.

The Russian has been vocal about his desire to leave White Hart Lane in order to secure first team football.

Pavlyuchenko has been linked with moves back home to Russia, as well as the likes of Valencia and Roma.

But Redknapp is adamant that Pavlyuchenko remains part of his plans for this season at least.

“We’ve got a strong squad – and we’ve got Luka Modric to come back. There’s more than enough strength in depth.

“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. But it’s been difficult with Defoe, Crouch and Keane all doing well. It’s unlucky for him.”

Redknapp also spoke of his expectation that Spurs claim a place in Europe next season.

Spurs have been tipped to possibly break into the top four, but Redknapp would be happy with just qualifying for the Europa League.

“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 teams – Sunderland are going well, and Everton – but any of Manchester City, Aston Villa and ourselves I think have got a chance of breaking into the top four. Why can’t it be done?”

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