Redknapp dismisses Croatian star exit talk


Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has dismissed any suggestion he will let Niko Kranjcar go in January.

The White Hart Lane boss rejected the claim that QPR are set to sign the Croatian for £3million.

New Hoops manager Mark Hughes is on a recruitment drive but Redknapp insisted the Spurs midfielder will not be moving across London.

"They have no chance. I wouldn't sell Niko to anyone. He is far too important a player for me,” the Spurs boss was quoted saying in The Sun.

Kranjcar has almost been a forgotten man at Spurs in the past two years, not being able to oust fellow countryman Luka Modric from the creative role in the team.

The Croatia international has been struggling with injury for some time now but his prospects of getting back into the team aren’t good , as Spurs are having their best season in decades.

While Redknapp refused to entertain the idea of letting the 27-year-old go this month, he conceded that it would be hard to hang on to a player who isn’t playing and wants to leave.

“In the long term, who knows? If he doesn't play next year and wants to go, I maybe wouldn't stand in his way as I like him so much,” he added.

“But we don't want to let people go who can help us.”

Spurs will need all the help they can get tomorrow afternoon as they have a crunch clash with Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester City.

They currently trail Roberto Mancini’s men by five points and a loss at the Etihad Stadium could put paid to their title hopes.

Key front-man Emmanuel Adebayor will be missing for the game as he is on loan from City and the conditions of the loan say he cannot face his employers.

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