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Roman Pavlyuchenko pleads for Tottenham departure

February 17, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Roman Pavlyuchenko has accused Harry Redknapp of "jeering" him and the Russian striker has pleaded with his manager to allow him to leave Tottenham Hotspur.

Roman Pavlyuchenko
GettyImagesPavlyuchenko is unhappy about his lack of playing time

Pavlyuchenko has made just four substitute appearances in the Premier League this season but Tottenham failed to reach agreement with Birmingham regarding a deal on transfer deadline day and have also blocked a potential move to Lokomotiv Moscow.

The impasse has left Pavlyuchenko questioning why Redknapp has shown little faith in his ability and the striker, who joined Tottenham in a £13.8 million deal from Spartak Moscow in 2008, is determined to leave White Hart Lane in order to enhance his international prospects.

"Sometimes I have a feeling that Redknapp jeers at me," Pavlyuchenko told Sport Express. "I told him that it cannot be this way any more, since I wouldn't help my team with sad thoughts in my mind. I need to play football, otherwise people will have only memories from [the] player Pavlyuchenko and they won't need him anymore.

"I think only about my move from Tottenham. Lokomotiv made a really worthy offer and if I sit on the subs' bench they won't offer the same sum in the summer. Redknapp is ready to let me go, but I still keep on watching our games from the bench.

"At the same time I am convinced that the head coach doesn't need my services, he doesn't see me in his playing schemes. But why doesn't he agree to sell me then? By sitting on the bench I will lose my place in the most important team for me - in the national team. [Assistant manager] Alexandr Borodyuk called me and said that coaches still count on me, but it can't last forever. Though I try to train in full measure.

"It's hard to assess myself. However I give 100% during training as I understand that otherwise I would lose my place in football once and for all. But I don't see any future for myself at Tottenham. It's a really big club with super fans who like me. However I think it's an end of the story, not with the team but with the head coach.

"My agents and friends persuaded me to stay at the club half a year ago and told me that I would get a chance and Redknapp also said that I would play for sure. The result was I featured in six or seven games having ten minutes of playing time. I am absolutely sure that will be repeated in the next three months.

"Just look at the situation. The head coach does not see the player in the team, while the player wants to leave. They have a worthy offer from the other club, and at the same time nothing happens. I need to change the club not only to play football, but for an emotional boost."