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Campbell feels more settled than at Tottenham
Published : 07 Nov 2009 10:02:29
WHILE the eyes of the Tottenham fans will be firmly focused on Darren Bent this afternoon, Fraizer Campbell could just about sneak in under the radar. Bent was hauled off a preseason flight to the Far East to finalise a £10m switch to Wearside, but Campbell disappeared out of Tottenham largely unnoticed. He ended his loan stint from Manchester United with just one Premier League goal to his name in a Spurs shirt. Campbell, however, did not hang around at Old Trafford too long in the summer, finalising a £3.5m switch to Sunderland in July. I originally joined Spurs to play under Juande Ramos, but he left, said Campbell. Again, being on loan is not an ideal situation, you can't really win. If you do well, play and score your team is going to want you back, but if you don't play they don't want you. It was a weird situation. But I feel like I'm settled at Sunderland. I've got a house, I'll be here for four years and I can afford to be a bit more patient with Sunderland. I felt like a bit of make weight as part of the Berbatov deal at Spurs. But I was excited about going there. It feels like that's all in the past it's about me and getting on with my career now. When Campbell went to Tottenham he immediately found himself playing backup to Bent and Roman Pavlyuchenko and then Robbie Keane returned to London, which further restricted his chances. It's football sometimes people play who you don't think should be playing but there is no way of knowing really, said Campbell. I enjoyed my time at Spurs, regardless of not playing. It's a great club and I enjoyed playing with good players. I learnt off the manager, coaches and the rest and I played in Europe a few times. It was great experience for myself. It might have been better if I was playing but it's not a problem. You walk out onto the training pitch and see those kind of players... it makes you not want to let your levels drop in training. Tottenham executive director Paul Barber said the club were ready to compete with Chelsea for potential sponsors as they look to sell naming rights of their proposed new 60,000 stadium. Chelsea's new chief executive Ron Gourlay admitted his club would consider selling naming rights to Stamford Bridge, provided the current name was included in the new one. Barber maintains Spurs are in a different position regarding naming their new stadium, which will be located north of White Hart Lane. It's suddenly now two clubs in London that are looking for naming-rights partners and the potential sponsors have got a choice they've got two very different propositions,'' Barber said. They've got an old, established stadium in Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have got a fantastic stadium there.