Sunday 17 November 2019

Redknapp insists that Keane won't leave Spurs

Mike McGrath

Harry Redknapp insists Robbie Keane will stay at White Hart Lane and is not trying to engineer a transfer away from the club. Keane has been linked with moves to Aston Villa and Celtic recently but the Spurs boss is adamant he has not received an approach for the 29-year-old and would only entertain a huge offer for his captain.

Redknapp started with Keane and Jermain Defoe in attack this season but Peter Crouch has forced his way into the reckoning, with the Spurs boss pleased with the competition for starting places among his forwards.

"I have been pleased with Robbie," Redknapp said. "He came back to the club a year ago when we were struggling and I felt he lifted the place. He came in with his personality around the place and enthusiasm, then we had a great run. He was terrific for us.

"I improved the squad and brought Crouchy in. Now he is in the team and Robbie is on the sidelines but his attitude has been first-class, his enthusiasm is infectious around the place and in the dressing room. He wants to win. That is why he is such a terrific player. Some people have criticised him and said he is not what he was but I have been well pleased with him."

Keane has still scored nine times this season, one more than Crouch, but has been accused of having negative body language when he has been substituted in 12 of his 17 starts this season. He was also said to be the ringleader in the infamous secret Christmas party that angered Redknapp -- but the Spurs boss does not see that as a way of Keane telling him he is unhappy.

"If he did he would come and see me, I am sure," Redknapp said. "Robbie is his own man -- he wouldn't be afraid to knock on my door and say he is not happy here. He would come and see me. He wouldn't try and instigate something behind my back. He is an up-front guy. He would come and talk to me about it."

Redknapp was considering his attacking options before today's trip to Liverpool was postponed due to the weather causing safety concerns around Anfield.

"It would have been a big decision at Liverpool," Redknapp said. "Keane and Crouch have been at Liverpool, Defoe is in good form. When Robbie plays, he drops in and thickens us up a bit in midfield."

Keane returned to Spurs a year ago after six unhappy months at Liverpool, while Crouch put himself on the map with his three campaigns at Anfield.

"Crouchy did well there," Redknapp said. "It was a great move for him, it was the making of him really. He had been around at Portsmouth, Southampton, didn't do it at Villa and then suddenly that step up to Liverpool was another level and he did well. He got into the England team through going to Liverpool."

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