Corluka wants return to first team football

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Vedran Corluka is determined to win his place back in Tottenham's defence.

The Croatian, 24, had become a regular fixture in the Spurs XI since arriving from Manchester City two years ago, however, following what he admits was a "really bad" performance in the Champions League opener at Werder Bremen, the full-back has found himself warming the bench.

However, Corluka said: "There is no drama. Just as I've enjoyed it before, I now have to accept the other side of the coin and win back my position."

"I honestly do not feel like a player who is out of form," Corluka said to the Croatian press while on international duty along with team-mates Niko Kranjcar, Luka Modric and goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa.

"It is true that I have watched from the bench in a few games, but better players than me have sat there so I don't see why it would be the reason for any trauma.

"I was really bad against Werder Bremen. There is no justification for such a game.

"But, after three years of playing without rest, it's logical that there is a period when these things don't go the way you'd imagined."

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