Pav wants out of Spurs

Image: Pavlyuchenko: Wants Spurs exit

Roman Pavlyuchenko wants to leave Spurs in the summer after falling out of favour with Harry Redknapp.

Russian hit-man cites breakdown in relationship with Redknapp

Frustrated striker Roman Pavlyuchenko wants to leave Tottenham at the end of the season after falling out of favour with Harry Redknapp. The Russian, who arrived at Spurs from Spartak Moscow in 2008, has struggled for first-team action at White Hart Lane this term. And with his contract set to expire in summer 2012, Pavlyuchenko says he will seek a move away from the north London club in June. The 29-year-old's comments follow remarks made back in November 2009, when the striker also stated he wanted to leave after his lack of playing time lost him his starting spot in the Russia national side.


Pavlyuchenko told Sport-Express: "The way I see it, the manager just doesn't trust me and it doesn't matter if I play well, score goals or try my best in training - nothing will make him change his mind about me. "So I'm not going to extend my contract, which expires at the end of next season, and will try to leave the club over the summer transfer window. "Even when I do play well or score a goal, I don't get a chance in the next game. Quite frankly, I'm fed up with sitting on the bench and waiting for my chances." The striker came off the bench in the latter stages of Spurs' 2-1 victory at home to Bolton on Saturday, but failed to find the back of the net. Speaking ahead of that clash, Pavlyuchenko insisted he had long recovered from a persistent groin injury, and was annoyed at still being overlooked by manager Redknapp. He added: "The last two matches I was totally healthy but still didn't get even the smallest chance, even during our team's 4-0 drubbing by Fulham (in the FA Cup fourth round last weekend)." However, Redknapp said Pavlyuchenko did not travel with the squad to Newcastle two weeks ago because he was not fit.
"He was injured when we went to Newcastle last week. He didn't feel good. He had a sore groin. He was unfit, he couldn't travel," said Redknapp. "He was on the bench the other night, he's got to get in the team. We've only got three strikers so it's up to him now to play." Referring to the Spurs fans' nickname for the striker, Redknapp added: "If he's not happy then he'll have to sort that out with the chairman. See what happens. It's up to 'Super' Pav isn't it?"

Around Sky