Pav plans Spurs stay
Tottenham's Russian striker Roman Pavlyuchenko insists he wants to remain at White Hart Lane disappointing first season of Premier League football. Spurs splashed out more than £10million on the hit-man to Spartak Moscow, although he has only mustered five league goals to date from 26 appearances. Pavlyuchenko's patchy form has led to speculation the 27-year-old, who has spent time in the club's reserve side this term, could eventually be shipped out of the lane. However, the Russia international sees his long-term future at the club and is not deterred by talk that he could be loaned out by manager Harry Redknapp. "I am a Tottenham player and want to remain one," Pavlyuchenko said in Russian newspaper Sport Express. "All these talks about a sale or loan don't bother me." "Of course it is not pleasant to be in the reserves. When I did not play for several matches I started to think everything over and to tell the truth I had some disturbing thoughts." Meanwhile, fit-again striker Jermaine Defoe is gutted the season is coming to an end after regaining full fitness from the broken foot he suffered in January. The injury forced the former Portsmouth striker to miss nearly three months of action, before making his first start since late January in last weekend's goalless draw at Everton. "It's a shame for me because I feel so good," said Defoe told the club's official website. "I've had a long rest but just as I get back into it, the season will be ending. "I'm trying to be positive and after I've had a break in the summer, I'll come back next season feeling really good, raring to go again and hopefully have a really big season. "It's the last home game on Saturday and I'm buzzing to be back out there. It would be great to end our home games with a win and to maybe get on the scoresheet again."
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