Assou-ekotto Committed to Spurs
Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto has reaffirmed his commitment to the club, distancing himself from earlier quotes hinting at a summer move.
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Assou-Ekotto has been a key figure for Spurs this term, playing every league game until suffering a season-ending shoulder injury against QPR last month, but a story in France Football appeared to suggest he was eyeing a transfer.
The Cameroon international, who has been at White Hart Lane since 2006, moved quickly to refute such claims, telling BBC Sport: "I want to take this opportunity to clarify some comments that have appeared in the media today.
"I am fully committed to Tottenham Hotspur and proud to represent the club in 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."
Assou-Ekotto was reacting to stories that referred to a possible "gentleman's agreement" with chairman Daniel Levy regarding his availability should a top European club declare an interest.
"Everything is possible," France Football quoted Assou-Ekotto as saying.
"When I met my chairman last January, he told me that if a club bigger than Tottenham came for me, it (the club) would not necessarily be against a departure.
"With my chairman, there was a gentleman's agreement. As he is a man of his word, I hope it will make things easier if a great club comes in.
"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.
"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!"
Meanwhile, Ajax's talented centre-half Jan Vertonghen appears keen on a move to the north London club.
The 25-year-old told De Telegraaf newspaper: "The board is asking for a large amount for a player who is only contracted for another year.
"I trust that Ajax and Spurs can turn water into wine and sort it out soon.
"I owe a lot to Ajax but I have always given my heart and soul.
"My appreciation for the club and fans is great and it would be terrible if my farewell was marred by Ajax sticking to a great price.
"Of course I want Ajax to gain financially but the amount Tottenham are willing to pay - perhaps with a little extra - is very reasonable."
Vertonghen believes he would fit in nicely at Spurs, adding: "Tottenham is a fantastic football club.
"Ajax was the perfect club for me, but Spurs will be very close in nearing that already. They buy young, eager and offensive-minded players."