Redknapp open to Spurs talks

10 March 2012 08:47

Harry Redknapp says he is open to the prospect of discussing a new deal that would see him stay with Tottenham and snub England.

Redknapp is the overwhelming favourite to become the next England manager, but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is keen to keep hold of his man after seeing how the club has progressed since he took over in 2008.

When asked whether he would look at an offer if Levy put one to him, Redknapp said: "Of course. I'm not saying Daniel's never said he wants me to stay, he said that to me all the time."

He added: "I've not actually sat down with him and discussed a contract. There's been no rush to do that. I'm not pushing him. That's the way I am. I've got a year left on my contract, let's see what happens."

Should Levy be forthcoming with a new contract, and should Redknapp sign it, he will not be able to combine both roles - the Spurs boss has admitted as much himself.

Redknapp's public flirting with the idea of becoming national coach has given little notion to the idea that he would turn his back on his country, but Levy may just hand him an offer he hopes the 65-year-old will not be able to refuse.

Redknapp admits that he would be leaving a club that he has brought on considerably over the last few years, with the help of a number of star players like Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart.

"This is a club that is going forward," Redknapp added. "It's been a great club for many years. It won the double in the 1960s.

"It's all in place again now. There is a new training ground coming, a new stadium coming. It's a club with fantastic potential.

"We've established ourselves as a top-six team and we are trying to get established as a top-four team, which is hard as there are six teams there who are all very strong."

Source: PA