Paul Robinson believes Tottenham need to keep hold of Dimitar Berbatov if they are to continue climbing the Premier League table.
The Bulgarian striker's future has been the subject of intense speculation with reports he could be set to leave White Hart Lane during the transfer window.
Goalkeeper Robinson claims the squad are unconcerned by the rumours, but knows the quality Berbatov brings to the club would be difficult to replace.
He said: "Obviously you see the speculation, but until there is any substance we just laugh it off and wind him up at the moment. If there is any substance to it, we will have to wait and see.
"Dimitar is a fantastic player and a top talent and, if we want to be going the right way, we need to keep players such as Berbatov.
"I think Tottenham is a big club. Hopefully we can get to the Carling Cup final this year and hopefully with a new manager we can build on results and start climbing the table as well.
"We are making progress, it is slow progress but we are going the right way up the table. You look where we were when the manager first took over and it was disappointing for everybody but we are moving in the right direction.
"There is still a long way to go in the season. I feel the team's performance have picked up and hopefully, with a little bit of luck, and a little bit of organisation, cutting out silly mistakes, we will get results."
And Robinson believes he is close to regaining his best form after being dropped for England's crunch Euro 2008 qualifier with Croatia.
Robinson admits he lost confidence for a spell but feels he has put his troubled times behind him and he looked confident and assured despite Spurs being beaten 2-1 at Aston Villa on New Year's Day.
Now he wants to continue in that vein as a new England era gets under way with Fabio Capello at the helm.
Robinson said: "I had a dip in confidence. When you get criticised, it is not nice and you have a dip in confidence but I feel in the last few weeks that I've been getting back to my best.
"I'm feeling confident now going into games and really confident playing games now and hopefully my form is showing that.
"Of course, it hurt at the time when I was left out by England - but sometimes you look at the game and become a better player by not playing.
"Now there is a new England manager and everyone starts with a clean slate. There are only a couple of England games during the rest of this season and I'm really looking forward to building on my confidence and maintaining my form for Tottenham."