Monday, 1 December 2008

Spurs Keeper Plays Down Talk Of January Exit


Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Cesar Sanchez has played down reports that he is set for a return to La Liga with Valencia, despite being aware that Spurs manager Harry Redknapp is keen to bring a goalkeeper to White Hart Lane when the transfer window opens in January.

Redknapp has concerns over Tottenham No1 Heurelho Gomes along with 37-year-old Cesar, who were both summer signings for the Premier League club. Despite Gomes making a series of high-profile errors since his switch from Eredivisie side PSV Eindhoven, Redknapp has still not given Cesar an opportunity to impress in the Premiership, with the former Spanish International’s only appearance for Spurs coming as a substitute in the Carling Cup against Liverpool.

Valencia are keen to bring the experienced Spaniard to the Mestalla in January, with current Los Che keeper Timo Hildebrand expected to leave the La Liga side in January.

Cesar’s agent Arturo Canales is understood to have already met with Valencia sporting director Fernando Gomes about a proposed return to Spain. However, Cesar has played down talk of a return to Spain, with the former Real Madrid shot-stopper insisting he is happy in the Premiership and did not wish to discuss the possibility of leaving White Hart Lane.

Cesar told “I am in London, waiting to know what is going to happen.

“My mission is simple – work every day and then the coach takes his decisions.

“I have been told that Spurs are looking to sign a keeper in January, but we have not been told anything by the club yet.

“Personally I am happy with my Premier League experience but playing some minutes is also what I want.

“Returning to Spain? I am under contract with Spurs and do not wish to speak about rumours.”

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