Redknapp - Niko is staying put
Spurs boss insists midfielder will not be leaving White Hart Lane
Last Updated: January 21, 2012 11:50am
Niko Kranjcar: The Spurs midfielder is still part of Harry Redknapp's plans and could even feature against Man City on Sunday
Harry Redknapp says there is 'no chance' he will sell Niko Kranjcar during the January transfer window and has hinted the midfielder could even play against Manchester City on Sunday.
Croatia playmaker Kranjcar - who signed from Portsmouth in September 2009 - has made just 10 appearances for Tottenham in all competitions this season, but Redknapp insists the 27-year-old is key to his plans.
New QPR manager Mark Hughes is reported to be interested in tempting Kranjcar away from White Hart Lane, but Redknapp has moved quickly to quell such rumours.
"No chance. I wouldn't sell Niko," said the Spurs boss. "He might play Sunday. I love Niko - he's a real footballer, a good player.
"He's just been unlucky, but he's important to me. You could say 'well, why don't you play bloody play him?' But I've got Gareth Bale. It's been hard to get him in the team."
Third-place Tottenham head to the Etihad Stadium five points adrift of table-toppers City and will be looking to avenge their 5-1 home defeat to Roberto Mancini's team back in August.