Rocha want first-team football at Tottenham

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Tottenham defender Ricardo Rocha admits he faces an uncertain future at White Hart Lane despite the positive impact of Harry Redknapp's arrival as manager.

Redknapp's appointment at the end of October saw Rocha among the players given a squad number and told to train with the first team again after being left in the cold by former boss Juande Ramos.

However, Rocha has still not played in over a year after failing to win his place back following ankle surgery.

The 30-year-old said: "I have not played since I was injured and had my surgery, so for me the most important thing is to start playing again because I miss playing at the highest level. I have played a few games for the reserves but it's not the same.

"I have to be patient because I'm an experienced player and I know how things are. We have a fantastic team with fantastic players, so it's not easy for me or any player to play every single week.

"But, of course, I haven't played for one year. I don't know what my future will be but I just want to do my best every day and the coach has to decide who plays."

Rocha, who arrived at Spurs from Benfica in January 2007, is happy with his relationship with Redknapp despite a lack of opportunities.

"He talks to every player and he makes every player count for the team's success," Rocha added on PortuGOAL.net. "You have to have the support of your players and be able to count on them in any situation."

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