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Assou-Ekotto targets Spurs stay

May 3, 2013
By ESPN staff

Spurs defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto has said he would be happy to finish his career at White Hart Lane and hopes to play at the club's planned new stadium.

Benoit Assou Ekotto will have to fight Kyle Naughton to reclaim his place in the Tottenham team
GettyImagesAssou-Ekotto has been at Tottenham since 2006

Left-back Assou-Ekotto, who joined the North Londoners from Lens in 2006, says he feels a "strong bond" with the club.

And he believes that, under the chairmanship of Daniel Levy and the management of Andre Villas-Boas, Tottenham are on an upward curve.

Speaking to the Guardian, the Cameroon international said: "I would be quite happy to see out my playing career here, although I know that it's not my call to make.

"I have every desire to see out my contractual obligations and, if possible, extend so that I can be here for long enough to play at the new stadium."

Assou-Ekotto said he had been surprised when Tottenham axed former manager Harry Redknapp last summer, adding that successor Villas-Boas had a very different approach.

"I phoned Harry straight away [after his sacking]," he said. "I liked working with him - he has a cool attitude. With AVB, he changes his teams more, moves them around. Some players will play two or three different positions in a single match.

"The one thing that I can say with certainty is that the chairman has the club moving in the right direction. I've seen the growth, first-hand, over seven years. You have to respect that."

He revealed that, during a frustrating four-month lay-off with a knee injury at the start of the season, he had watched home games incognito, sitting among the Tottenham fans.

"I now feel I have a better understanding of what it is to be a supporter and, for me, there are two types," he explained.

"There are the fans who pass judgment quickly - who say, from the comfort of their seats, how they would have cut the ball on the inside, swung the ball around or brought it down. It was like I was sitting with Messi, Ronaldo and Maradona.

"Then you have the other supporter, who understands the technical things a bit more and is patient. They are smaller in number, but they do exist."