Kranjcar looking for more game time

The Croatian midfielder started his first game of the season in

Saturday’s 4-2 defeat at Bolton after previously making just five

substitute appearances for Spurs. The form of Gareth Bale has

prevented Kranjcar, who joined Spurs in 2009 from Portsmouth, from

establishing himself in his customary position on the left-hand

side of midfield. Kranjcar is happy at White Hart Lane, but the

26-year-old acknowledged that a lack of regular first-team football

would leave him feeling ’empty’. “I feel great at Tottenham, so if

I could play regularly for my team, then my first option would be

to stay at White Hart Lane,” Kranjcar told Sportske Novosti. “But

if I don’t play much, then I will have to look for other solutions.

Nobody wants to be a reserve and that goes for me too. “I enjoy

playing football, so that is the first thing on the agenda. If

there is not enough space for me at Tottenham, then I will have to

think about the next step in my career. “I repeat – I feel great

here, but if I don’t play every game, I feel a little bit empty.”

Zlatko Kranjcar, Niko’s father and coach of the Montenegro national

team, reiterated his son wants to stay at Spurs, but would consider

a move to Italy if he remains on the periphery. He told Jutarnji

List: “If he didn’t have ambition, he would stay at Tottenham and

vegetate for the next three years. He has a great deal, but one

just can’t match money with his ambitions. “Niko would like to stay

in London, but he is also ready to leave England if he could move

to Serie A. “Liverpool is a club which would interest him, but then

again, why not Italy?”