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O'Hara willing to make Spurs exit
Published : 10 Apr 2010 13:21:00
Tottenham midfielder Jamie O'Hara will look to leave White Hart Lane this summer if Harry Redknapp can not guarantee him first-team football. O'Hara has spent this season on loan at Portsmouth and has been one of the few bright sparks in an otherwise disastrous campaign for the south coast club. The 23-year-old has got used to playing every week at Fratton Park and he would love to get a similar run of games at Spurs but he is prepared to move on if Redknapp can not promise him a first-team spot. "I'll sit down with Harry Redknapp in the summer and have a discussion. I need to know if I'm in his plans next season," O'Hara told the Daily Mail. "It will be a big decision because I've always wanted to play for Tottenham, but I'm 24 next season and, after this season, it would be hard to get my head around sitting on the bench again. "I don't want to be one of those players who comes on for the last 20 minutes and does a job. I want to play 90 minutes and be the best player. If I'm still going to be classed as the squad player then I need to know. "Tottenham are a big club and will always be striving to do more. There will always be competition for places and big-names signings. "I've got to look to move on or I'll be 28, wondering what I've done for the past four years. It's a big summer for me with some hard decisions to make. "I'm excited because this season I've put myself in a position where hopefully there will be big clubs who want to take me." O'Hara has enjoyed a productive campaign personally but he has struggled as much as anybody else with the ongoing Portsmouth circus. "It started taking its toll after Christmas,' says O'Hara, who went back to Spurs briefly in January before signing another loan deal. "The owners were leaving and Paul Hart left. We lost Younes Kaboul, who was having a fantastic season, and there was talk of other players like Aruna Dindane not being allowed to play any more. It was becoming a fiasco. "Quincy [Owusu-Abeyie] came in, did fantastic and was gone. I came in one day and said: 'Where's Quincy?' They said: 'Oh, he's gone to Qatar'. "All the lads said we'd stick together. We bonded really quickly and to think we got to Wembley (for an FA Cup semi-final against Spurs on Sunday) with a team thrown together in a week is amazing. But too many things were happening. "You're in the limelight for all the wrong reasons and you can't compete in the Premier League when it's like that. "It's sad we'll be relegated because believe we're better than some of the other teams down there. I hope they get an investor, rebuild and have a go at getting back up next year, but you look at Leeds and hope that doesn't happen."