SERGEI - SPURS MUST KEEP SOL
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Ukrainian international is relishing the prospect of becoming the Spurs fans` newest idol, but he realises the importance of hanging onto the powerful England centre back.
"Tottenham can play in the Champions League because I believe their future will be better," said Rebrov. "But only if Sol Campbell stays. You need great players and he is an excellent player for his club and England."
Director of football David Pleat has revealed that the strongest competition for the player`s signature came from Italy, but that Rebrov`s desire to emerge from the shadow his former Dinamo Kiev partner Andrei Shevchenko was a key factor in bringing him to England.
"I think the biggest competition was from a country where he didn`t really want to go," Pleat told SkySports.com TV. "We persuaded him that England would be better for him, at this moment in his career, than Italy.
"He thinks the English style will suit him, and I think he didn`t really want to team up again with his old pal, Shevchenko, in Milan. He wanted to come away from playing with him and maybe being in the shadow of him."
Spurs will still be chasing "two, maybe three" more big signings this summer, according to Pleat, and several targets have already been identified.
Neil Sullivan, out of contract at Wimbledon, will delay a decision over his chosen destination until after his holiday, while Spurs are also believed to be watching Santiago Solari`s situation at Atletico Madrid closely, even though the player is reportedly not too keen on a move to England.