Tottenham's Younes Kaboul has saluted Harry Redknapp for providing the confidence which has allowed him to flourish this term.
The 26-year-old has been a totemic presence at the centre of the Spurs defence this campaign, earning him the adoration of the White Hart Lane faithful.
Injuries to Ledley King and Michael Dawson have seen the France international emerge as a pivotal figure.
Now firmly established in his favoured role of centre-back, his dextrous displays saw him named in the Team of the Year at the Best of Africa awards.
His versatility has worked against him in previous seasons, but his tough tackling and aerial prowess have helped lay the foundation for Tottenham's UEFA Champions League challenge.
"When you are fitting into a team that has partnerships, it is sometimes difficult in the beginning but the gaffer placed a lot of confidence in me," he told Sky Sports at the Best of Africa awards.
"He also decided that I would only be a centre-back which for me was very important. Sometimes when you change positions a lot, you don't master your partnerships and form understandings, but this season I have been better able to.
"We have played with a more settled team this year and when we have made changes, it's been players coming into the team, not the ones in the team having to change positions, and that has been good.
"You can only try to give your best and I have tried to repay the faith of the gaffer and the fans."
Kaboul will again be instrumental on Sunday when Tottenham try and round off their term in style by delivering Champions League football for their fans.
For Kaboul, there have been whispers of a new deal as a reward for his endeavour and improvement this campaign.
However, the softly spoken defender would prefer to keep any discussions private as he prepares for the final 90 minutes of the season against Fulham.
"In football, I believe certain things can and should be private matters," he added.
"Tottenham and me have a very long history and I know the club has a very bright future.
"I am looking forward to the next game, which will be a local derby against a team that has had a good season and has very good players. I want to focus on that and hopefully finish the season well and then it's time for some rest."
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