Tottenham boss Martin Jol insists Edgar Davids still has a big part to play at White Hart Lane.
Davids was surprisingly dropped to the bench for Saturday's 2-1 win over Manchester City.
The move by Jol increased speculation that Davids could be on his way out of the club in the summer after being linked with former club Ajax.
However, Jol has played down the rumours and has reassured Davids he is part of his future plans.
"Edgar could have played against City but I preferred the line-up I had," said Jol.
"You could always say it's the end of an era when a big player sits on the bench - Robbie Keane or Jermain Defoe have been on the bench for spells but they're still with us.
"I'm always happy when I can play Edgar. He gave us the extra push in mentality in the dressing room, in training and on the pitch. Last year we lacked players with experience.
"We needed someone who had played European football for the last two or three years and who has won silverware.
"He has given us that. Edgar doesn't like it when he's on the bench but he knows the reason.
"He knows it was about Manchester City and next week it could be different. If we're playing Arsenal, for example, we could do with a player like him."