Sunday, May 20, 2018

Pavlyuchenko seeks Spurs exit

Roman Pavlyuchenko says he wants to leave Tottenham in January to find first team football, with a return to Russia the likeliest option.

Russian striker Pavlyuchenko moved to White Hart Lane in 2008 but has never managed to hold down a regular starting spot, and now finds himself behind Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe in the pecking order.

With Euro 2012 on the horizon, the 29-year-old is keen to play as much football as possible to ensure he is selected for the tournament, and has concluded the only way to achieve his aim is to actively seek a transfer in the next window.

“Will I ask the club to sell me in December? Yes, it’s 100 percent,” Pavlyuchenko told

“I have to do something in the transfer period. We’re ahead of the European Championship. If I don’t change (my club) then Euro 2012 will be played without me.”

Pavlyuchenko added he cannot understand why Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has lost faith in him.

“I was fighting and fighting but it was useless,” he said. “Does Redknapp believe in me? Now I don’t think so.”

“I do the training as good as the others. I do everything with 100 percent effort.”

“I don’t cry and I don’t say that everybody is bad but I’m a good footballer. If I score in each game then I can play. But it’s not a reality to score in each game. That’s all.”

Promoted QPR have been linked with a move for Pavlyuchenko in January, but the player says he would prefer a return to his homeland, with big-spending Anzhi Makhachkala mooted as a likely destination.

“I’d rather go back to Russia,” Pavlyuchenko said.

“If I sign to Anzhi or not – we shouldn’t go too far. Maybe I’ll have only one possibility and that will be Anzhi and nothing else.”


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