Pavlyuchenko will 'insist' on Tottenham exit

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Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko is planning showdown talks with manager Harry Redknapp after the international break during which he will "insist" on being allowed to leave the club in January.

The Russian has been largely frozen out at White Hart Lane this season and fears his lack of first-team action could cost him the chance of playing at next year's World Cup finals, with Russia coach Guus Hiddink this week warning Pavlyuchenko could miss out altogether if he is not playing regularly.

Regarded as Spurs' fourth-choice striker behind Jermain Defoe, Robbie Keane and Peter Crouch, 27-year-old Pavlyuchenko has made just six appearances in all competitions for Spurs this season, scoring one goal, and has lost his place in the starting XI of the Russian national team.

Hiddink's side contest the opening game of their World Cup play-off against Slovenia in Moscow on Saturday with a place at the World Cup at stake, and should Russia triumph over the two legs, Pavlyuchenko is determined to stay in the reckoning for South Africa.

"I want to leave the club," said Pavlyuchenko, whose four Barclays Premier League outings this season have all come from the bench.

"It is impossible to remain there under the circumstances I find myself in. I have been sitting on the subs' bench for half a year and as a result lost a place in the starting 11 of the national team.

"And now hopefully we will get to the World Cup - who will rely on a forward who does not play?

"I want to play and not just warm the bench."

Spurs splashed out £14m to sign Pavlyuchenko on a five-year deal from Spartak Moscow in August 2008 and the striker fears the board's likely desire to recoup the bulk of that outlay could scupper his chances of a move away from north London.

"Immediately after the games with Slovenia, my agent and I are flying to London for purposeful negotiations and I want to take part in them personally," Pavlyuchenko added in an interview with Russia's Sport Express newspaper.

"I will ask the management to quote a reasonable price for me.

"Our manager Harry Redknapp does not talk to me on the matter. At the start of the season our manager said that four forwards is exactly the optimal number, but now he states that three is enough.

"And I am the fourth one so it is obvious that I should part with the club.

"The only thing that can stand in the way is unmanageable price. But I will insist on leaving.

"The important thing now is to reach a compromise that will be suitable for the club and me, and my future club."

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