Juande Ramos has conceded the uncertainty over Dimitar Berbatov's future has affected Tottenham's form.
Spurs boss wants striker's future resolved
Tottenham manager Juande Ramos has conceded the uncertainty over Dimitar Berbatov's future has affected the side's form.
Spurs go into Sunday's clash at London rivals Chelsea rooted to the bottom of the table after two defeats in their opening two fixtures.
Their start to the campaign has been overshadowed by the ongoing transfer saga involving Berbatov's possible move to Manchester United.
Ramos expects Berbatov's future to be resolved one way or the other before the transfer window slams shut on midnight on Monday and he blames the saga for Tottenham's results so far this season.
"You get the feeling that the sooner the whole thing is finished the better," said Ramos when asked about Berbatov.
"The chapter finally closes with the end of the transfer market. I think there is going to be lots of reasonably furious action between now and then."
The Spaniard admitted the unwelcome distraction of Berbabtov's future had affected the whole squad.
"Without a doubt, it has had an awful lot to do with the start to the season," added Ramos.
"With the comings and goings, players are obviously trying their best to concentrate 100 per cent but I think it has affected things slightly with their work on the training ground and even going into games. It has been affected by this.
"It would have been great to have been a lot calmer. But you have to grin and bear it and get on with things.
"Certainly the ideal situation is that you get your squad settled early, you work with all the players in the pre-season period."