Tottenham Hotspur: Daniel Levy Laying Foundations for Exciting 2010-2011
Last Sunday, Luka Modric (pictured) became the fourth high-profile Tottenham Hotspur player to sign a new contract with the club since Christmas.
The 24-year-old Croatian midfielder has decided to extend his current deal at White Hart Lane until 2016, excellent news for the club as the management looks to fend off big-money bids from rival Premier League clubs and Champions League superpowers for the stars which helped the Spurs secure a fourth-placed finish last season.
The news follows confirmation that Ledley King and Gareth Bale, two other standout performers this season, have also pledged their long-term future to the London-based team.
Earlier in the season, Player of the Year Michael Dawson, unfortunate to have been omitted yesterday from England's final World Cup squad, agreed to extend his Spurs career until 2015.
Aside from this gaggle of star players, there is no player indispensable to the club whose contract is nearing expiry: Aaron Lennon has another three years remaining and Croatian internationals Vedran Corluka and Niko Kranjcar have stated that they will respect their contracts at the club, both of which also run until 2013.
Despite injuries plaguing the First Team for much of the season—Aaron Lennon has missed four months of league football and defenders Woodgate and King have also suffered recurring injuries—Redknapp has been able to call upon a wealth of talent waiting in reserve.
Such is the depth of the Tottenham squad, that Redknapp could afford to send internationals Alan Hutton, Giovani Dos Santos, and Robbie Keane away on extended loan spells.
Together with young Jamie O'Hara, who shone for beleaguered Portsmouth, these players—who would command a place in most of England's top-flight sides—have all enjoyed valuable playing time and success away from White Hart Lane.
This means that, even if the quartet does not feature in their manager's plans for next season, such is the quality of the Premier League brand and its financial buoyancy that chairman Daniel Levy will be confident he can recoup most of the transfer fee originally outlaid on each player.
Asked recently whether there would be any announcements forthcoming about new recruits, Harry Redknapp told Sky Sports News: "I am going out to the World Cup , we will keep watching games, we have got some players on the list. But we are not really close to doing anything at the moment."
So instead of the usual flurry of transfer gossip which circles White Hart Lane in the aftermath of recent disappointing league campaigns, all is quiet in N17.
No doubt Daniel Levy, a very competent and professional player on the transfer scene, will have sounded out players who could potentially take Spurs to the next level. In fact, Sevilla's Brazilian striker Luis Fabiano and Chelsea and England midfielder Joe Cole have been linked with a move to the club on more than one occasion recently.
The difference this year from previous summers is that Tottenham will not have to drive such a hard sell. There will be a host of players on the continent and in England who will be attracted by the prospect of playing Champions League on a healthy wage for a London club in the ascendancy.
These same players will also appreciate the stability of the club's management structure, all while relishing working for such a respected veteran as Harry Redknapp, who has just been voted Premier League Manager of the Year.
With healthy financial figures, a state-of-the-art training facility and stadium on the horizon, loyal first-team players, the prospect of Champions League football and the pride that comes with watching nine employees take part in the greatest show on earth later this month, Tottenham has become a very attractive place for one to ply his trade.
These are exciting times indeed for Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, who could be forgiven for allowing himself a wry smile after all the resources he has implemented and time he has dedicated to preparing Tottenham for an assault on the Champions League and the Premier League title.
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