Quitting never an option – Harry

Just over three weeks ago Redknapp had two stents inserted to

unblock coronary arteries after being admitted to hospital while

feeling out of breath. The 64-year-old missed two games before

returning to the dugout for Monday’s 2-0 win over Aston Villa, but

is adamant that he is feeling better than ever and never thought

about giving up a management career that currently spans 28 years.

“It never entered my mind,” Redknapp said. “It drove me mad,

sitting at home. I had a bad couple of weeks but now I feel better

than before. “I have been chasing (my wife) Sandra around the

kitchen a lot. She asked them if they could reverse this process!”

Redknapp takes his team to West Brom on Saturday looking to extend

the nine-match unbeaten run which has propelled them to third in

the Premier League. Gareth Bale’s excellent form has been key to

the club’s turnaround in fortunes. The Wales winger almost

single-handedly destroyed Villa on Monday night despite Alex

McLeish fielding two right-backs in an attempt to shackle the

speedy winger. Barcelona have declared an interest in the

22-year-old, but Redknapp is adamant that Spurs will not be selling

Bale. “We have never spoke to anyone (about Bale),” Redknapp said.

“If you start selling your best players where does it end? “You

have to say we’ll be a mid-table team. If you want to be a top team

you’ve got to keep your best players.” Rather than dismantling his

squad, Redknapp is keen to add to it. Emmanuel Adebayor has been a

success at White Hart Lane since joining on loan from Manchester

City, scoring five goals. The Togo striker admitted following his

brace against Villa that he wants to stay at Tottenham, but

conceded he was unlikely to take a pay-cut to make it happen.

Redknapp concedes there is no way that Spurs could match his

current contract at City – which is thought to be worth

£170,000 a week – but still hopes a deal can be struck. “He is

on a big contract at Man City and it is not a contract he can get

here. He’d have to take a big pay cut,” Redknapp said. “But who

knows? I am sure that if anyone will be able to put a deal

together, it will be the chairman.” Another person who has talked

about extending his contract this week is goalkeeper Brad Friedel.

The 40-year-old signed a two-year contract this summer but is keen

to extend his current deal and Redknapp added: “He’s playing great.

I’d love to keep him. “Players like him and Carlo (Cudicini) are

great pros. You need them around your football club. “It’s not

always about having superstar type players. They appreciate coming

in every day and get on with it. They are so important. What could

be worse than having to come in every day with a flash lot of

b*******?!” Meanwhile, Redknapp has warned any clubs chasing

Jermain Defoe that they would be wasting their time with a bid for

the striker in January. “I wouldn’t sell him. He is a fantastic

player,” Redknapp said. “In midweek he scored five goals against

Charlton for the reserves. They were incredible finishes. “He is a

top player. He has just been unlucky. Adebayor came in and has done

great up front and Rafael van der Vaart has been in fantastic form.

“I had a chat with Jermain. He will get an opportunity.” That

opportunity may not come tomorrow as Defoe has a groin problem,

while Van der Vaart is also a doubt with a hamstring problem,

meaning Roman Pavlyuchenko could make his first league start of the