Redknapp holding on to duo
Harry Redknapp is determined to keep Benoit Assou-Ekotto, while Kyle Walker will not be sent out on loan.
Last Updated: 04/07/11 9:29pm
Harry Redknapp is determined to keep Benoit Assou-Ekotto this summer, while Kyle Walker will not be sent out on loan again.
Walker has not yet broken into the first team at Tottenham following his arrival in 2009, having spent time out at Sheffield United, Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa on temporary deals.
However, he was so impressive during a six-month stint at Villa last season that he was awarded a one-year contract extension on Monday to keep him at Spurs until 2016.
Redknapp recognises that the 21-year-old still has work to do to fulfil his potential but feels he is now ready to challenge for a regular starting berth at White Hart Lane and has no plans to send him out on loan.
"He did great at Villa. He's a great attacking right-back, loves to bomb forward," the manager told Sky Sports News.
"He has got to improve defensively a little bit but he's only a baby and he's got a great future."
Asked if Walker would be staying, Redknapp replied: "For sure. He is the most exciting attacking right-back you could wish to see."
Assou-Ekotto has declared that he intends to stay at Tottenham despite being linked with a move to Paris St Germain.
And Redknapp rates the Cameroon international so highly that he would fight hard to retain his services.
"He's a fantastic left-back, he's absolutely top, top class. He's a player we wouldn't want to sell," said Redknapp.
"He's a character, a one-off. He's got great ability. There are three or four great left-backs in the Premier League and he is one of them."