Tottenham defender happy to have only two friends in football

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Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto has revealed he has only two footballers’ phone numbers in his phone book, saying two is “more than enough”.

Assou-Ekotto is known for going against the grain and has previously admitted he plays football purely for financial gain.

Last week he caused a few raised eyebrows after seemingly hitting out at Tottenham team-mate Kyle Naughton, saying he didn’t believe his rival could take his place in Spurs’ starting line up because he ‘is not a real left-back”.

Now the Cameroonian international has revealed he doesn’t like to fraternise with his fellow professionals, and has only countryman Sebastien Bassong and QPR’s Adel Taarabt in his phone book.

“There is Bassong because we play for the same team and the national team,” he told the Sun. “Two is enough!”

Assou-Ekotto did however speak highly of the Premier League as a whole, describing it as the best league in the world – and the best place for African players to adapt to life in Europe.

He said: “The Premier League, for me, is the best league in Europe so it is very hard to play here. “But I think many people want to play in the league.

“Maybe the African players have the best adaptation to the Premier League.”

Assou-Ekotto will be looking to win his place back from Naughton when Tottenham take on Leeds in the FA Cup today.

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