Harry Redknapp has denied the media circus surrounding David Beckham's presence at Tottenham has affected his team's preparations for their crunch match against Manchester United.
Redknapp's claim that Spurs are serious title contenders will be put to the test on Sunday when they take on the Red Devils, who top the table and have an eight-point lead over the north London side with a match in hand.
The build-up to this weekend's game at White Hart Lane has been overshadowed by former United star Beckham, who started a four-week training spell with the club on Monday.
"David has brought a buzz around the place," Redknapp said. "There are lots more press here today than normal. There are people outside the ground every day. Once we come in here we train and get on with it. It doesn't affect us."
He added: "It has been good having him here. Everyone respects him, likes him.
"There's nothing flashy about him, in my opinion. He just comes in and just gets on with it. He's a great role model for any footballer."
Talks about a loan move for the 35-year-old have still to materialise into a concrete deal, with LA Galaxy refusing to budge on their insistence that Beckham must return to pre-season training by the middle of February.
That would appear to have dealt a blow to Tottenham's chances of sealing a deal for Beckham, especially given that Redknapp will have to discard one member of his 25-man squad at the end of January if the midfielder is to play through February and until March.
Redknapp said he has not been informed of any progress in the talks between the clubs and hinted that any deal for the star may not be worth it unless they allow Beckham to stay until the start of March - two weeks before the Galaxy's season opener against the Seattle Sounders.
"I don't know what the situation is with permission for him to play," Redknapp said.
"It's only two months and before you know it, a month will have gone and then it would be only a couple of weeks so it's a difficult one really."
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