I came to Spurs for Euro glory - not to fight relegation, says keeper Gomes
20 March 2009 08:58
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Heurelho Gomes has revealed his disappointment at being in a relegation fight and says he would not have joined Tottenham if he didn't think they could play Champions League football.
The Brazil goalkeeper, whose high-profile clangers have not exactly helped the club's hopes of climbing the table, insists he will prove his critics wrong at White Hart Lane.
And, despite a hatred of the English rain, the 28-year-old is in no rush to give up on making it in the Barclays Premier League.
As north London rivals Arsenal go into the draw for the Champions League quarter-finals, Gomes ruefully told Sport magazine: 'We know we should be thinking of the Champions League rather than avoiding relegation, and nobody is more disappointed with the situation than the players.
'I wouldn't have left PSV if I didn't think that. I didn't come here for money - I came here to win trophies.'
Gomes reiterated his belief that playing through the pain of a hip injury hampered his performances and confidence, but is determined to put things right.
'For several weeks, I couldn't do anything properly,' he said. 'Every time I fell on my right side it hurt like hell. Needless to say this didn't do wonders for my confidence. My career at PSV also had a shaky start, but I
ended up proving people wrong.'
The former Cruzeiro keeper says former boss Juande Ramos and the Spaniard's successor Harry Redknapp insisted he play while injured because of a lack of confidence in the club's other options.
Redknapp rectified that by signing veteran Italian Carlo Cudicini from Chelsea in the January transfer window, competition which Gomes insists is welcome.
'I have three more years left on my contract and for me nothing has changed. It is a privilege to be at a club like Tottenham and I do not want to play anywhere else.
'I want to play in the Champions League with this club. It is about time a club with so much tradition have a taste of the world's biggest club competition.
'I certainly can't complain about the fans, they have been amazing to me. They deserve better performances from all of us.
'I love London. It is multicultural and exciting, and wife and kids love it here. What don't I like? The weather. Why does it rain so much here? I don't mind the cold or even the snow, but the rain drives me mad.'