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Les: I want to stay

Posted on 1 March 2001  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Les Ferdinand wants to stay at the Lane - irrespective of any big money offers from abroad.

In an exclusive interview with Jimmy Hill on The Last Word, seen on Sky Sports on Wednesday night, 34-year-old admitted that it's always been his intention to stay at Spurs, even though has been free to negotiate with foreign clubs since January 1st under the Bosman system.

He said: "When I signed for Spurs a few years ago I said I'd like to finish my playing days here. But you don't always get what you want in football.

"I'm in the last year of my contract and we're going to sit down and see if we can sort out a new deal. I have no wish to leave Spurs, so I'm hoping we can sort out a new contract that will keep me playing for a year or two."

He has suffered an unbelievably bad run of injuries, starting just 65 league games in his three-and-a-half seasons at Spurs. Combine this with a goal drought that has seen Sir Les hit the net just 20 times for Tottehnam - he bagged more than double that for Newcastle in only two more games.

But those who claim that this doesn't bother him, that he's only at Spurs for the money - and let's face it, this has been said in some quarters - well if that's what they think, they don't know the man.

As he said, "It has been a very big disappointment to me that everywhere I've been, I've managed to score goals, but the one club that I've supported as a boy and wanted to score goals for, I've been unable to do so on a regular basis."

In a surprisingly frank and open discussion, he also gives his view on Kevin Keegan's managerial skills and talks about his time at Newcastle. But one thing stands out more than any other - Spurs is his club, and he want to help them win things.

How would Les feel if he signed a new contract at Spurs, stayed injury free and challenged Manchester United for the title, would that be the nearest and dearest thing to his heart?

"That would suit me down to the ground," he beamed. And that's his last word.

Adam Craig, Sky Sports.com