Postiga: I'm going nowhere
By Steve Luckings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Former manager Glenn Hoddle shelled out £6.25 million to Porto for their starlet in the summer, but after impressing in pre-season Postiga has yet to register his name on the scoresheet for Spurs in nine league and cup appearances so far this term.
Rumours are rife that the young striker is unhappy at White Hart Lane and they intensified when Hoddle was sacked over a month ago, but the Portuguese international insists he has no intention of quitting.
"Leaving is the last thing on my mind," affirmed the 21-year-old. "I want to show everyone what I can do.
"I would not have come so far already in my career if I gave up so easily."
Postiga scored 21 times last season in helping Porto be crowned Uefa Cup winners and he says he wants to repay the faith shown in him by the club.
"Tottenham have given me a chance and I want to repay the faith they have shown in me by scoring goals. I am confident I will do that.
"I came here to become a better player and continue my education as a footballer. The Premiership is one of the best leagues in the world."
A number of top clubs have been alerted to reports that Postiga was unhappy with life in the capital, but Fifa rules state that he could not move abroad in the January transfer window even if he wanted to.
Fifa rules forbid a player from changing countries more than once in a season and Postiga would only be allowed to be loaned to another English club as Alexei Smertin did when joining Portsmouth from Chelsea.
Postiga says South American team-mates Uruguayan Gus Poyet and Argentine Mauricio Taricco are helping him to settle in at Spurs.
"Gus and Tano are my good friends," he added. "While my representative Eliot Van Til has helped me organise everything off the field."
In other news, caretaker manager David Pleat has revealed he has made long-serving Stephen Carr captain in the absence of Jamie Redknapp in the hope of persuading the right back to stay at Spurs.
Republic of Ireland international Carr's current deal expires at the end of next season and Pleat said: "I gave Carr the captaincy because I wanted to see whether he could thrive on the responsibility and I'm more than happy with the way he responded.
"The last thing I want to do now is get in contract negotiations with anyone.
"But hopefully things will go well and Carr will want to stay here."