Spurs Star Seeks Showdown Talks

Giovani Dos Santos will hold crunch talks with Tottenham about his future next month.

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The Mexico striker and his representatives are set to meet Spurs chairman Daniel Levy after the World Cup qualifier with El Salvador on June 12.

And Dos Santos could ask for a move unless he gets assurances he still has a prominent role at White Hart Lane.

Dos Santos has become increasingly disgruntled at being left on the bench, making just 17 appearances since his £5million arrival from Barcelona in 2008.

That limited number of games has forced the attacking midfielder into loan moves at Ipswich Town, Galatasaray and La Liga outfit Racing Santander.

Now Dos Santos, who has a year left on his existing deal, wants to know he will still be part of the club’s plans for next season.

Villarreal had shown an interest, but any deal for the 54-cap star collapsed following their relegation from the top-flight in Spain.

Dos Santos, who faced Wales in New York last night, said: “I don’t know about my future. “I want to concentrate on the national team, but after that I will speak to the chairman to see what is going to happen to me.

“You never know in football. You have to try to do your best to get chances. Maybe I will go, maybe I will stay. It’s great to come to the national team and play games. I’m grateful for the coach to give me the chance. It’s a pleasure.

“I don’t have any other offers at the moment. I will speak to my manager and we will see in a few weeks what will happen with my future.”

SOURCE: The Daily Mirror

The plight of Giovani Dos Santos has been the subject of much debate among Spurs fans in recent seasons. Some argue that the young Mexican, who managed 28 appearances for Barcelona in 2007-8 including a stunning hattrick is his final game, has been treated unfairly by Harry Redknapp since the former Portsmouth boss arrived at White Hart Lane. Others feel that Dos Santos has underwhelmed in his limited appearances for Spurs and has not earned the right to a place in the starting eleven.

Whichever way you look at it, the 23-year-old has endured a miserable four years in North London since he was signed in the summer of 2008 by then Spurs boss Juande Ramos. The attacking midfielder has managed a paltry 17 starts in all competitions for Spurs and has spent time on loan at Ipswich Town, Galatasary and Racing Santander in the intervening four seasons. The Mexican international has frequently failed to make the bench at Tottenham and with the club having scrapped its reserve side, he has been left kicking his heels, unable to play any competitive football.

Oddly given his club form, Dos Santos has been a revelation at International level and is a mainstay in the Mexican national team. At the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, he dazzled, claiming the award for Young Player of the Tournament. While Harry Redknapp has frequently said he believes Dos Santos has talent, he has also criticised his party-boy lifestyle and claimed he needs to knuckle down in training to earn more game time.

This summer is surely the time for Dos Santos to move on. His best position is arguably unclear but Spurs have a wealth of talent in attacking midfield in the shape of Gareth Bale, Rafael Van der Vaart, Aaron Lennon and Niko Kranjcar, so he is unlikely to ever be a regular.

Despite rarely playing, Dos Santos has been reluctant to leave White Hart Lane in recent transfer windows. Last summer, he rejected the chance to move to Serie A side Udinese after Spurs accepted a bid of around £10 million, citing a desire to join Spanish outfit Sevilla instead. Spurs supremo Daniel Levy is famous for his negotiating skills but it would be in the club’s and Dos Santos’ best interest if Spurs accepted a reasonable offer for the Mexican this summer, to stop a talented player going to waste.

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