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Les: Life moves on

English Barclays Premiership

Les Ferdinand has revealed his disappointment at David Ginola's departure from Spurs but accepts, in football, that life has to move on.

Ferdinand and Ginola followed each other to White Hart Lane in quick succession in the summer of 1997 after the pair enjoyed a successful period at Newcastle United. While Ferdinand has suffered with horrific injury problems in the last three seasons, Ginola became a firm fans' favourite before departing to Aston Villa for L3m on Sunday.

Striker Ferdinand, 33, admitted: "It's disappointing whenever you lose a quality player. The club have had three good years out of David but obviously decided the time was right.

"He clearly didn't figure in the manager's plans and the club has decided that was the right thing for them and the right thing for David, so he's moved on. "That's football. Players come and players go but the club keeps ticking over. There is no one player bigger than any club and the clubs will always be there once the players have gone. You just have to get on with it.

"We're professionals, disappointed that's he's gone but we have to get on with it and see where we go from here."

The first place we'll go is to Fulham's Craven Cottage for our fifth pre-season friendly on Wednesday (7.45pm).

Meanwhile, the ticket office has announced a successful start to the season with all tickets sold for the opening Premiership match against Ipswich.