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Redknapp plays down UCL woes

June 5, 2012
By ESPN staff

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has tried to play down fears some of his best players will look for a way out of the club after they missed out on a place in the Champions League.

Redknapp is hopeful of retaining Bale over the summer break
GettyImagesRedknapp is hopeful of retaining Bale over the summer break

• Redknapp warning over contract

Chelsea's victory over Bayern Munich in the final last month earned them a route back into the Champions League, and dumped fourth-placed Spurs into the Europa League.

But Redknapp, who has never hidden his dislike of the Europa League, claims the lure and riches of the Premier League are enough for modern footballers.

"I think it's overrated what people say about Champions League football and whatever," he told Sky Sports News. "People would have still gone to Chelsea if they hadn't won the Champions League this year because they know it's a club that's looking to get into the Champions League positions next year.

"They pay fantastic money. If you pay players enough money and you give them good enough contracts and you show that you're ambitious, they'll come to your club.

"Champions League football, because you don't make it one year - it's one year. I think that's an excuse for players who want to leave and get better contracts elsewhere. I don't see that as a real problem.

"I think if the contract's right and they earn enough money, Premier League football is big enough."