Redknapp never gave me my chance at Spurs but I'll show him I can turn this mess around, says Giovan
17 March 2009 05:47
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Giovani dos Santos admits his first season at Tottenham has been a 'mess' and feels he has never been given a chance by Harry Redknapp.
The 19-year-old struggled to cement a regular first-team place following his £4.7million move from Barcelona last summer and made only six appearances in the Premier League before being shipped out on loan to Ipswich for the rest of the season.
But Mexico international Dos Santos has vowed to show Spurs boss Redknapp that he is good enough to compete at the highest level.
'Once I get out of this mess, I hope that everything will go my way,' said the teenager. 'Even if I didn't play at Tottenham, I took care of myself and I'm prepared for what comes next.
'I took the decision to come to Ipswich in order to play. I didn't count for Tottenham's manager, I wasn't part of his plans.
'What I want to do is play, be in the right rhythm and recover my form. I spoke with [Mexico boss Sven-Goran] Eriksson, and at the end of the day it's good for me to play because of the important games that are coming our way. I'm happy and I'm working hard to go further.'
Dos Santos was sidelined with an ankle injury earlier in the season, but he has regained full fitness and is desperate to become a major success in England.
Ipswich still have a fighting chance of making the play-offs and Dos Santos feels he will take no time stamping his authority on the Championship.
He added: 'My ankle is okay. I am due to play more games before being involved with the national team and I will do my best to feel good. I'm preparing myself and training real hard in order to be part of it.
'Ipswich are a good team and involved in the fight for the play-offs.
'This is not the best moment of my career but neither is it the worst. I'm thinking of playing, being involved and finding the rhythm.
'Playing games is very important, especially at my age. As far as I'm concerned, I think that I have matured. Sometimes football is not like you want it or plan it. That's what I learnt. Right now I only want to be working hard day in, day out.
'It's a tough league, a new experience and I've moved to a team that play good football. Hopefully I will help them get promoted. My contract is until May if we don't reach the play-offs.'