Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko stalls on new deal offer

08 December 2010 11:44
Roman Pavlyuchenko has been offered a new contract by Tottenham but is holding out to see where he stands in Harry Redknapp's plans.

The Russia striker is happy at White Hart Lane and has put aside any thought of returning to Russia - in part because his wife and daughter are so settled in London.

But with Harry Redknapp weighing up moves for new forwards and Pavlyuchenko still not a guaranteed starter, the 29-year-old is happy to patient before rushing into a new deal.

Action man: Pavlyuchenko (left) beats Peter Wisgerhof to a header against Twente on Tuesday

'I definitely want to stay here,' said Pavlyuchenko. 'But,nevertheless, before I actually sign a new contract I need to considerthe situation. Sitting on the bench, even at a club as strong hasTottenham have become, is not good.'

The former Spartak Moscow striker's agent Oleg Artemov has been intalks with Spurs and believes Robbie Keane and Peter Crouch could bothbe offloaded because of Pavlyuchenko's rise in Redknapp's estimation.

Eight goals in 19 appearances this season is a good return for aplayer who has often started on the bench, but Pavlyuchenko remembersonly too well that he was frozen out of the Spurs team for first halfof last season.

Artemov said: 'Redknapp wouldn't sell Pavlyuchenko now. The same can be said of the chairman (Daniel) Levy.

'Three months ago, Levy suggested Roman sign a new contract onimproved terms. We are in negotiations and discussing the details.Keane will most likely be sold and maybe Crouch.'

Enlarge In the goals: Pavlyuchenko celebrates scoring against Inter Milan in the Champions League

Fewer than 12 months have passed since Pavlyuchenko sold a car andcancelled his Russian TV subscription in anticipation of a move toLokomotiv Moscow, only to force his way into Harry Redknapp's plans.

His transformation is in part down to a resolution in the summer togive everything to his career in north London. With interest alsocoming from across Europe, Pavlyuchenko told his agent he had nointention of leaving England.

'Roman isn't even considering the option of returning to Russia anymore,' said Artemov.

'He has changed greatly over two-and-a-half years in London and has a different perspective.

'If we extend the contract with Tottenham, Roman will probably never play again in the Russian championship.'

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Source: Daily_Mail

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