Both the Sunday People and Express carried stories hinting at an imminent departure for our £11m recruit from Dynamo Kiev - the People claiming Spurs would take an £8m return on their investment.
"Nothing could be further from the truth, it complete and utter rubbish," said the director of football. "We certainly haven’t contacted anybody and wouldn’t wish to. Sergei is in the early stages and settling down, his in-laws have been over for the last three or four weeks, he’s in a new place and he has a young baby.
We have tremendous faith in Sergei. He is a very good player.
Pleat went on to explain why stories such as these surface at this time in the season. "It’s automatic that some people try, as transfer windows start opening abroad, to associate him elsewhere. Milan are only doing so-so, Shevchanko is still scoring and looking for an ideal partner, so they revert to talking about the good times they had together in Kiev.
"We want Sergei at the club and we are looking for another one, simple as that. Sergei has a contract and has only just joined us, whereas people are aware that Les Ferdinand’s contract is up this summer. Obviously we will be talking to him later.
"You need forwards and goalscorers, and Sergei, I can assure you, is a very talented player waiting to explode."
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David Pleat has moved to assure Spurs supporters that striker Sergei Rebrov is not leaving the club after newspaper reports suggested the hitman could be ready for a switch to the continent.