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Giovani's Spurs frustration

Image: Dos Santos: Delighted to be playing regularly at Santander following tough times at Spurs

Giovani dos Santos has admitted the last couple of years have been hard but is enjoying his loan spell at Racing Santander.

Mexican looking to rediscover best form at Santander

Giovani dos Santos has admitted the last couple of years have been difficult but is enjoying his loan spell at Racing Santander. The Mexican playmaker had high hopes of finally establishing himself as a Tottenham regular at the start of the season after performing well at the World Cup last summer. However, after playing a prominent role in pre-season, he quickly fell down the pecking order again at White Hart Lane. He has been granted few opportunities to impress since arriving at Spurs from Barcelona in 2008, and especially after Harry Redknapp replaced Juande Ramos as manager just a couple of months later. Dos Santos was allowed to join Santander on a loan deal until the end of the season in January and is widely expected to be sold when the transfer window reopens. The 21-year-old believes playing regularly in Spain has helped him rediscover his best form and is not thinking too far ahead at the current time. "I'm really happy with how things have gone in Santander, I think coming back to Spanish football has been crucial," he told Fifa.com. "I went through two very tough years, during which I barely played. I just wasn't given a chance. "The situation wasn't ideal either, because when I signed Juande Ramos was in charge and I was quite regularly involved.

No Redknapp problem

"Then he got sacked and Harry Redknapp came in, and I've not been part of his plans. "This season has been more frustrating because I thought I'd get more playing time. "I came back from the World Cup, played during pre-season and performed very well in several games, but yet again I wasn't given an opportunity." Dos Santos insists there were never any personal problems with Redknapp as he now concentrates on trying to fulfil the potential that once saw him heralded as one of world football's most exciting young talents. "Not at all. I trained hard and gave 100 per cent during the week because I wanted to convince him to give me more playing time, but at the end of the day it's his decision and it didn't go my way," he said about Redknapp. "The most important thing is that I'm now doing really well here in Santander. "At the moment I'm trying to rediscover my best form and I want to be back at the top of the world game in the not-too-distant future. That's my goal and I'm very focused on achieving it. "This spell at Racing has really helped me regain my confidence and match sharpness, and I think I'm on the up again."

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