European big guns know who we are now, says Redknapp
HARRY Redknapp believes that Tottenham’s eye-catching Champions League campaign will help to lure the world’s hottest talents to White Hart Lane in the summer.
The Spurs boss is adamant that the Lilywhites must compete with the Premier League’s biggest sides if they are to maintain a consistent bid for a top-four finish.
And the 64-year-old Tottenham supremo feels that the north Londoners’ run to the quarter-finals of the Champions League will have raised the club’s profile and reputation all across the world.
“I think because of the Champions League, because of the great games we’ve had in the Champions League, suddenly the club’s name has been spread around Europe even more in the last year, and it can only help,” said Redknapp.
“It’s a club that people want to come to and play for, and they see the football that we’ve played.
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“There’s lots of players abroad that would love to come here and play. But they want Champions League football as well, so it’s important that you keep trying to get that. To do it, you’ve got to keep improving.”
Redknapp feels that this summer’s transfer window could be particularly important as he predicts the toughest-ever fight for a top-four finish.
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“You’ve got to keep pushing on. Next season it will be even harder to make a top-four spot, there’s absolutely no doubt about that,” he said.
“Liverpool will be back in full force again, and they’ll be pushing to be back where they’ve spent most of their life – in the top four.
“You can see six teams pushing for those four places, it’s going to be even tighter next year so you’ve got to keep improving. We know that, the chairman knows that. I’m sure that if there’s money to spend then the chairman will look to improve the team, as he always has.
“You’ve got to compete for the best players, because Chelsea are going to be in there competing – so are Manchester City, and all the top teams like Man United. If you want to be up there pushing and challenging those top teams you’ve got to keep competing with them [in the transfer market].
“Otherwise you accept ‘okay well we can’t compete with them, maybe we can finish sixth or seventh and get a Uefa Cup place’, which is not what any of us really want.
“Now we’ve tasted Champions League football and we want more of it. Hopefully we can compete for the best players, but only the chairman can answer that.
“He’s as ambitious as I am, to keep pushing the club forward. I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t be in there competing.