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Spurs manager guarantees Russian midfielder a ‘key position’

Well you would, wouldn’t you? There seems little point signing a player for an enormous £17 million if you aren’t going to basically build the team around them. It appears as though Juande Ramos has worked ever so hard to land the signature of Andrei Arshavin, with Tottenham getting ever-closer to bringing the diminutive attacking midfielder to White Hart Lane.

Setanta report that Arshavin’s agent appears pretty confident that the Russian will be a Spurs player in the next few days. He reveals that Ramos was very clear in outlining how much he wanted to sign the Zenit star, who featured prominently in Euro 2008.

“(Tottenham) coach Juande Ramos personally telephoned Andrei,” Lachter told Sovetsky Sport.

“In a phone call with the player he spoke about his views on football and what role he would like to see Arshavin fulfil at the club.

“Ramos gave Andrei a key position in his team and Arshavin was very pleased.”

Lachter explained earlier in the week that Spurs had met Arshavin’s personal demands, and it is this willingness – combined with Spurs’ determinedness to agree a fee with Zenit – that has swung Arshavin’s favour.

“Secondly, Tottenham are the only club who met the terms of Andrei’s personal contract,” said Lachter. “It says a lot.

“And they offered Zenit virtually all the money which the club wants for the player.”

This has surely got to be brilliant news for Tottenham supporters, who have Darren Bent banging in the goals during the pre-season matches, with Luka Modric, David Bentley and Andrei Arshavin potentially lining up behind the front man. Perhaps even Dimitar Berbatov can be persuaded to stay?!

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