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Redknapp rules out Mulumbu Spurs switch

ESPN staff
June 5, 2012

Harry Redknapp has tried to play down fears that some of his best players will look for a way out of Tottenham after they missed out on a place in the Champions League, and the Spurs boss has ruled out a move for Youssuf Mulumbu.

Chelsea's victory over Bayern Munich in the final last month earned them a route back into the Champions League, and dumped fourth-placed Spurs into the Europa League. But Redknapp, who has never hidden his desperation to qualify for the Champions League, claims the lure and riches of the Premier League are enough for modern footballers.

"I think it's overrated what people say about Champions League football and whatever," he told Sky Sports News. "People would have still gone to Chelsea if they hadn't won the Champions League this year because they know it's a club that's looking to get into the Champions League positions next year.

"They pay fantastic money. If you pay players enough money and you give them good enough contracts and you show that you're ambitious, they'll come to your club.

"Champions League football, because you don't make it one year - it's one year. I think that's an excuse for players who want to leave and get better contracts elsewhere. I don't see that as a real problem.

"I think if the contract's right and they earn enough money, Premier League football is big enough."

Spurs had been linked to West Brom midfielder Mulumbu, whose agent has claimed talks with both Newcastle and Tottenham. Redknapp insists the story is not true.

"No, I don't know where that's come from," Redknapp said. "He's a good player for sure, but he's not a player we've spoken about."

The Tottenham manager, who is hoping to have his contract renewed at White Hart Lane, also addressed the topic of Steven Pienaar, whom he expects to play for Everton next season.

"Steven Pienaar is a good player. I would think he will want to stay at Everton. He was behind one of the best left-sided players in the world in Gareth Bale so it was tough for him. But if Everton want him they'll have to make the deal otherwise I guess he comes back to Tottenham."

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