Assou-Ekotto comments taken out of context

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Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto has issued a statement to reiterate his commitment to the cause under Harry Redknapp, in a bid to set the record straight.

The 28-year-old Cameroon international was recently quoted by France Football, saying the Europa League was 'useless', and that he had a 'gentleman's agreement' with chairman Daniel Levy that he could leave White Hart Lane in search of guaranteed Champions League football.

Spurs are on course to finish in fourth place in the Premier League this year, but if Chelsea win their Champions League final encounter against Bayern Munich later this month, then only the top three clubs in England will be assured of a place in Europe's top tier competition.

"I want to take this opportunity to clarify some comments that have appeared in the media today [Tuesday]," said Assou-Ekotto.

"I am fully committed to Tottenham Hotspur and proud to represent the club any match, whatever the competition."

The left-back first arrived in north London from Lens in 2006, and having turned in a series of impressive performances for Tottenham this season, has continued to see his stock rise.

"I am very much enjoying my time here," he added. "It is a wonderful club with great support and I am looking forward to recovering from my injury in time for next season."

Tottenham host Fulham at home on Sunday, and go into the final round of fixtures one point behind Arsenal in third place, and one ahead of Newcastle in fifth.

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