Redknapp is 'not considering' England switch in the summer


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Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman, insisted yesterday that manager Harry Redknapp is not considering the England job "at this present time". Speaking at the club's annual general meeting at White Hart Lane, Levy said that Redknapp was committed to Spurs.

Redknapp is one of the likeliest replacements for Fabio Capello when the Italian steps down as England manager after Euro 2012, but Tottenham are eager to keep the man who guided them into the Champions League last year and has them in fourth place in the Premier League.

"Harry has 18 months left on his contract," Levy said yesterday. "We have had a conversation where it was said that as far as Harry's concerned, he's very happy here and he doesn't want to consider England at the present time. We will worry about that situation if it arises in the summer."

The manager is not the only person Levy is keen to keep at White Hart Lane: he said yesterday that none of Spurs' important players will leave in next month's transfer window. "We have a great squad with exceptional talent and none of the main players will be leaving in January," Levy said.

Despite Spurs' failed attempt to move to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, east London, Levy said their priority was to build a new stadium in Tottenham. "Quite clearly, any significant, further investment by the club would need to be in the context of a commitment by the public sector to fund public infrastructure works to create the environment and confidence to commit further," he said. "These public monies would be entirely for public works, not for the stadium or any of the associated club developments. They would contribute to the general uplift of the borough.

"A new stadium continues to be central to delivering our ambitions for this club. At this stage we are encouraged by the level of support there is for our plans and for giving the area of Tottenham the focus and attention it deserves."