Tottenham Hotspur v Fulham
Barclays Premier League
White Hart Lane
Sunday, May 13. Kick-off: 1500
Scott Parker is struggling to be fit for Tottenham’s make or break game against Fulham on Sunday, with a sore Achilles still hindering the England international.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp looks short of options at left back with Danny Rose suspended and Benoit Assou-Ekkoto out injured.
For Fulham, leading scorer Clint Dempsey is out with a thigh strain while Dickson Etuhu will also miss the game at White Hart Lane.
Redknapp: Champions League not everything
Harry Redknapp insists that Champions League qualification is not the be all and end all for Tottenham when it comes to attracting new signings and keeping hold of their leading players.
Spurs go into their final game of the season against Fulham knowing that victory would guarantee them fourth place, although they may still miss out on qualifying for the Champions League if Chelsea take their place by virtue of beating Bayern Munich in the competition’s final later this month.
Reports last month suggested Gareth Bale and Luka Modric may consider jumping ship if Spurs miss out on European football for a second season running, while transfer target Eden Hazard is said to be only interested in a switch to Spurs if they qualify for the tournament.
However Redknapp remains adamant that the outcome of Sunday’s encounter at White Hart Lane and in turn their prospects of rubbing shoulders with Europe’s elite will not affect their ability to attract big names and keep their current players happy.
"Champions League football gets a bit overhyped — at the end of the day, if you pay players good wages and give them a good contract . . . when they [Bale and Modric] came to Tottenham, they weren’t in the Champions League. When Luka Modric came here they were nowhere near," he told reporters.
“He didn’t come here because they were in the Champions League, he came here because they were a good club, on decent money and had a chance to play in the Premier League.
“Are you telling me people aren’t going to sign for Chelsea next year if they don’t win the Champions League this year because they won’t make it next year? Of course they’ll sign for Chelsea, if they are paid the right money and get the right contract, they are going to a fantastic club in London.
"They will still go to Chelsea. They will go to Liverpool because they are a great club and they will still come to Tottenham because they are a great club.
“I don’t know anything about it [the story linking Bale with Barcelona]. I haven’t seen that at all. I wouldn’t think there is the slightest bit of truth in that. Not a chance, I’d have thought.
“You have got to keep your best players, if you don’t then where are you going? You can forget about Champions League football in the future if you sell them and they [Bale and Modric] are two of them.”
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