Didier Zokora 'happy' at Spurs despite Real's advances

23 December 2008 10:48
Juande Ramos has targetted the Ivory Coast international as the type of player he would like at the Bernabeu and knows all about the midfielder whom he worked with during his time at White Hart Lane.

"It's fantastic to be associated with Real Madrid as they are one of the biggest club sides in the world - show me the player who would not want to be linked with them," Zokara says in the Express.

"But I'm very happy here at Spurs and in England. I love England and the English people. My team is doing much better under Harry Redknapp and I am enjoying every minute of it. For me, this is a win-win situation. I cannot lose.

"I love playing for Spurs, but to be associated with Real Madrid is, of course, very flattering."

Ramos' time at White Hart Lane was largely unsuccessful, last season's Carling Cup victory aside, but Zokora remains a fan of the Spaniard.

He continued: "I was upset when Juande Ramos left because he gave me a chance in English football and for that I'll be forever grateful.

"I was nervous about what would happen next, but as soon as Harry came here things have just got better and better.

"Harry has a very English way whereas Ramos had a Spanish way of dealing with things. Both of them are very good, but we are at an English club so maybe the English way is the correct one."

Bolton manager Gary Megson, meanwhile, aims to keep goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi away from Spurs' grasp.

The Oman international is thought to be interesting Redknapp as competition for Heurelho Gomes but Bolton are keen to hold on to the 26-year-old who is out of contract in the summer.

Al-Habsi has been Bolton's No 2 this season but Megson is confident he will extend his stay at the Reebok.

Source: Telegraph