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Happy returns for Younes

Younes Kaboul says he's returned to Spurs a better player.

Younes Kaboul says he's returned to Spurs a better player.

The French defender joined us from Auxerre in July, 2007 before leaving for Portsmouth - then managed by Harry Redknapp - in August, 2008.

Younes, 24, played 50 times for Pompey in all competitions including 25 this season - taking his career tally up to 146 - before Harry snapped him up again this week.

"I'm glad to be back at Spurs," he said. "I had a good time at Portsmouth and now I'm very happy to be back.

"I learned a lot at Portsmouth. I learned all about the Premier League because I played every game. I learned every day in training and on the pitch. I have a little more experience and now I have to do the same here at Spurs."

Younes is delighted to be hooking up with Harry again. "Harry is a great person and he gives a lot of confidence to his players," he said. "He's really close to his players, that's really important and that's why I came back as well, because he is here."

Younes knows he faces stiff competition from Ledley King, Michael Dawson, Sebastien Bassong and Jonathan Woodgate, when fit, for his favoured centre-back role.

"Yes, but it's good to have a lot of players because when there is a lot of games you can change things around," he added. "Of course, only 11 players can play so that means you have to fight every day in training to play at the weekend."