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I never understood why Redknapp treated Corluka the way he did.
Corluka added much needed depth to Tottenham's defense, since he was capable of playing as a right-back or center-back, but after Kyle Walker's introduction into the team, Redknapp froze Corluka out and essentially forced him to seek out a January loan move away from the club.
Though he was quiet during his time at Tottenham, Corluka finally hit out at Redknapp's lack of rotation in an interview with BBC Sport (h/t ESPN). Commenting on Spurs' slump through March and April, Corluka blamed fatigue and tiredness brought about by lack of rotation for Spurs' poor results.
Never one to let a comment get by him, Redknapp hit back at Corluka with his own comments:
Charlie (Corluka) is entitled to his opinion and I like him, but probably the problem is that I have rotated. I have rarely had the same back four all season through injuries and everything else.
Most of the players have probably played 30 games. I didn't play any of them (senior players) in the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, most of them didn't play until the later rounds.
So the players have probably played on average 30 games this year which I don't think is a lot.
Two things to note about Redknapp's response: 1) Why does he call Corluka Charlie? 2) He still calls the Europa League the UEFA Cup, even though that name was discarded two years ago.
In any case, given the lack of playing time Corluka received while he was at Tottenham, I figure he'll try to work a deal out to leave in the summer.
Tottenham have Adam Smith in the squad ready to get more playing time, and Kyle Naughton is an excellent right-back who Tottenham have the option of retaining when he returns from Norwich.
Both are English, meaning they're more favored by Redknapp and more likely to play than Corluka when he returns.