Dervite seeks Spurs departure
Youngster not prepared to wait any longer for first-team opportunity
By Patrick Haond. Last Updated: August 12, 2009 12:34pm
Dervite: Wants out
French youngster Dorian Dervite has revealed his desire to secure a move away from Tottenham Hotspur.
The 21-year-old has struggled to make an impact at White Hart Lane after progressing out of the club's academy structure.
He did take in a productive loan spell at Southend last season, but he remains well down the pecking order at Spurs.
As a result the talented centre-half is now keen to take on a new challenge, and he claims clubs from France, Spain and Holland have made tentative approaches for his services.
"I just want to play," the France U21 international told L'Equipe.
"At Tottenham I played in one Carling Cup match (against Port Vale in 2006) and then I injured my knee. Everything then became very complex.
"At the moment I am among the youngest players looking to break into the first team. But there are a lot of good defenders at the club. I am working hard but it doesn't seem to be enough.
"At the end of last season I met with the chairman (Daniel Levy) and he told me to be patient and wait for my opportunity. I believed that would happen soon.
"However, coach Harry Redknapp has been very frank with me. He wants results and so has to use experienced players. I am not in that category, but without playing I will not get experience! It is a vicious circle.
"I hope my future will now be sorted out by the end of the week, or early next week.
"The problem is, in Ligue 1 I am no-one. I had contact with Montpellier and Lens, but Spurs refused to let me talk.
"Now Villarreal and Ajax are keen, even if their interest is a bit vague at the moment.
"I am not asking for much, I just want to play. I need to find a coach willing to trust young players. I want to settle down now and really start my career."