Harry Redknapp chose the evening before one of the biggest nights of Tottenham's season to warn the continent's biggest clubs that the star names who have helped his team march through Europe this season are not for sale.
The latest step in Spurs' remarkable debut year in the Champions League comes on Wednesday night when Redknapp's men face the mammoth task of overhauling Real Madrid's 4-0 lead in the second leg of their quarter-final clash.
Redknapp is adamant that he will not have to sell the likes of Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, both of whom have been linked with big-money moves to some of Europe's most decorated clubs, saying: "Not a chance. Absolutely rubbish. They've all got contracts, none of them are leaving."
No team in the history of the competition has been able to overturn a four-goal margin from a first-leg defeat, although three teams have managed it in other UEFA tournaments.
Bookmakers rate Spurs' chances of making the semi-finals as long as 50-1, but Redknapp believes the feat is possible.
"We are in a situation where everyone feels the tie is over but we know we are a good team and can play well here at White Hart Lane," Redknapp said.
"We know it will take a miracle but miracles can happen and we have to believe that we can give it our best shot and if we play very well, you never know what will happen."
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