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David Pleat
"Sol has said that he won't be going anywhere this summer"
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Monday, 8 May, 2000, 11:02 GMT 12:02 UK
Campbell staying with Spurs

Campbell's future is the subject of frenzied speculation
Spurs director of football David Pleat has told the BBC that Sol Campbell will be playing for the club next season.

The England defender's current contract at White Hart Lane runs out at the end of next season.

Spurs are desperate to keep him although there has been speculation about a move to Manchester United.

Weekend newspaper reports suggested a big-money move to Old Trafford was imminent but it appears Campbell is not keen on a summer transfer.

Pleat is confident that Campbell will stay

Pleat told Radio 5 Live that Campbell wants to see out his current contract and play next season.

He said: "Sol has stated quite clearly he only talks about contracts in the summer. It is summer and we are literally speaking to him now.

"Sol has said he won't be going anywhere this summer whatever happens. He will stay and see out his contract.

"So he'll be in our team next season." The move leaves Campbell in a powerful negotiating position during the contract talks, with Spurs aware of the implications if they cannot agree a new deal.

They could lose the player on a free transfer in summer 2001 if he does not sign a long-term contract, a factor which means a big money move could still take place before that date.

Ginola assurance

Meanwhile David Ginola has been assured by manager George Graham that he has a future at the club.

But the Spurs boss says the Frenchman must accept that he will be left out of the team on occasions.

I would bet David has started more games than the likes of Gianfranco Zola, Dennis Bergkamp, Marc Overmars and Kanu

George Graham
Ginola's future at White Hart Lane has been thrown into doubt after he was dropped for Saturday's clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

"David has an important part to play for Tottenham next season, and I want him to stay," Graham told The Evening Standard.

"Everyone is aware how much I want to bring in new players to strengthen the squad.

"If I manage to do that then hopefully we will be able to do what clubs like Chelsea and Arsenal do in using their players.

"I would bet David has started more games than the likes of Gianfranco Zola, Dennis Bergkamp, Marc Overmars and Kanu.

"If I get it right with my squad that is the kind of situation I want to happen at Tottenham."

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