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Redknapp plans to blood youth in Europe

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Spurs paved their way into the Europa League with victory against Liverpool a week ago, and secured their passage into the competition thanks to a weekend win against Birmingham. 

After reaching the Champions League quarter final, with victories over Inter Milan and AC Milan on the way, the Europa is seen by some as more of a distraction than a prestigious event to be part of, but Redknapp is keen to give his youngsters a chance against some of the continent's top clubs.

"It's tough," said Redknapp, in reference to the possibility of playing 17 additional matches in the competition.

"We'll look at it and maybe it gives us a chance to play some of the younger players in that. The Premier League is going to be all important to us next year."

Tottenham are desperate for a return to the top four after losing their place to Manchester City this season, and both manager and players alike are relieved to avoid the Fair Play qualification system.

Had Spurs failed to finish fifth, a qualifying spot would have been granted for their fair play record, meaning a start to the season as soon as June.

"It was so important to avoid qualifying via the Fair Play. I said to the lads before the game [against Birmingham on Sunday], 'The one thing we don't want is the Fair Play - we've got to win because we don't want to be going into that.' You'd be back playing in June so we'd be back training in two weeks if we were in that, which is ridiculous. It kills your Premier League season."



Redknapp has today been linked with the vacant Chelsea job, but he’s thinking of nothing but putting plans in place for Spurs next season.

Speaking at the LMA Manager of the Year dinner, Redknapp laughed off Chelsea links and said: “Someone mentioned it to me yesterday and I was surprised. I’ve certainly not heard anything from Chelsea.

“In any case, I’m happy here. We’ve had two fantastic years – it couldn’t have gone better – and I’m looking forward to building on what we’ve achieved next season.”

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