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Last Updated: Wednesday, 1 June, 2005, 21:15 GMT 22:15 UK
Figo hoping to remain with Real
Luis Figo
Former World Footballer of the Year Luis Figo has insisted he wants to honour his contract with Real Madrid.

Reports in Spanish newspaper Marca suggested the Portuguese international would be freed by the Spanish giants.

But the 32-year-old said: "I want to honour my contract which runs to 2006. If that is not their wish, we will have to find an agreement."

Figo fell out with coach Wanderley Luxemburgo near the end of the season after being used as a sub.

"The way they treated me when I was dropped wasn't right. They didn't tell me I wasn't going to play. It really hurt my pride," Figo told Marca.

"I'm not playing, so I understand that it can't be very nice for the club to pay me for not playing.

"But there are other players in the same situation."

Figo has been a long-term target of Tottenham, who are in the market for a right-sided midfielder after selling Simon Davies to Everton for 3.5m.

Real's director of football Arrigo Sacchi had admitted on Punto Radio that Figo's future at the club was in the balance.

"I don't know whether he will stay. He's got a contract with us and I hope he stays because he could still be a great player for us and he is a great professional," said Sacchi.

"But I think his future depends more on him than it does on us. If he continues to feel down about his situation then it won't be good for him or for us."

Figo joined Real from arch-rivals Barcelona for a then world record fee of 37m in a sensational transfer in 2000.


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