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George: David still has role

Posted on 30 July 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

George Graham insisted on Saturday that David Ginola still has a role to play if he decides to stay at the Lane. The Frenchman was the centre of attention in the after-match press conference following our 1-0 friendly win at Birmingham City.

Asked why he didn't use the winger at St Andrews, the manager responded: "I don't think it's a secret that Villa have made an offer, we've accepted an offer and the decision is up to David. I just thought his mind might have been elsewhere today and I've got to think of Tottenham Hotspur. So I thought I'd give him a rest.

"It's totally in his hands now. If he wants to stay at Tottenham, fine. I think he's got an important role to play if he stays. If he decides to go, I've got to get on with it."

Graham was pleased with what was our fourth win out of four so far in pre-season. "It was a good work out," he said. "Birmingham will be prominent in the First Division again this year and after our nice trip to Sweden we've got to come back down to earth and get back into a more competitive mode. I thought in the first half we played very well and Birmingham were the better team in the second half."

And there was more praise for Ukrainian star Sergei Rebrov, who set up Steffen Iversen's delightful winner and looked lively throughout. Graham added: "He's a very clever player, got lovely movement and has done very well up to now. He speaks English, understands English - well, Scottish - and I think he'll be a fantastic player for Tottenham, I really do. He is real class. The goal would have graced any game. I'm very excited about that signing."

Photographs courtesy of Action Images Ltd.

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