Assou-Ekotto seeks Spurs stay

The Cameroon international moved to White Hart Lane from Lens in

2006 and saw a succession of knee problems blight his early career

in England. Having been forced to undergo surgery at one stage, he

found himself left in the wilderness for the best part of 18

months. It appeared as though his Premier League dream had become a

nightmare, with his route to the first-team blocked at every turn.

However, Harry Redknapp’s arrival at Spurs coincided with a

reversal in fortune for Assou-Ekotto and he is now a mainstay at

left full-back. The 26-year-old is enjoying his football again and

admits that he would be happy to spend the rest of his career in

North London, having recently penned a new five-year deal. “Team

spirit here is exceptional under Harry,” he told the News of the

World. “I want to stay at Spurs for life. “I would have signed for

six years! I love playing in the Premier League, it’s the best

league in the world. Why would I want to play anywhere else?”

Assou-Ekotto has also lifted the lid on his 18 months of hell,

admitting that he became something of a forgotten man around White

Hart Lane. “When you are out for 18 months, people forget about

you,” he said. “When I eventually returned some of my team-mates

did not know who I was. Alan Hutton asked Jermaine Jenas, ‘Who’s

this?’ “Nobody remembered me, but it made me hungrier to establish

myself as a first-team regular.”