Davids rejects Ajax offer to stay with Tottenham

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Edgar Davids has given Tottenham Hotspur coach Martin Jol a major boost by pledging his future to the club for a further year.

Davids has another season left on his current deal but the former Netherlands international was the subject of interest from Ajax during the summer, and he admitted at the end of last season that he was unsure whether he would see out the rest of his contract at White Hart Lane.

But Jol has confirmed that Davids, 33, is to stay at Tottenham after rejecting the opportunity to go back home to his first club. Jol said: "Ajax wanted him but he wanted to stay. He has got another year, he wants to be at Spurs. He likes London, there is no issue. He has the mentality we need."

However, Tottenham's chase for Wigan right-back Pascal Chimbonda will end unless the Latics drop their £6m asking price.

Tottenham have informed Wigan they are not prepared to match the demands and, unless the Lancashire club revise their valuation of the defender, the proposed deal is off.

Wigan manager Paul Jewell insists he will not be "bullied" into selling Chimbonda on the cheap. Jewell is outraged that the France World Cup squad member suggested his dream switch to Tottenham had been jeopardised by the high asking price.

Wigan placed a £6m price tag on Chimbonda's head after he stunned the club on the last day of the season by demanding a move, and all Tottenham's bids have so far been rejected by Wigan.

Jewell said: "I met the player [yesterday] and restated our position to him. Unless we get a price that I want, he will not be leaving this club. If a manager wants to bid, he can ring me up and we will negotiate."

Wigan have signed Ecuador midfielder Luis Antonio Valencia on a year-long loan from Spanish club Villarreal. Valencia, 21, played in Ecuador's 1-0 second-round loss to England at the World Cup in June.

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