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Ramos happy with Spurs firepower

Dimitar Berbatov
Berbatov was a 10.9m signing from Bayer Leverkusen

Juande Ramos believes that Tottenham have the firepower to cope should Dimitar Berbatov leave the club.

The Spurs manager, who has already lost Robbie Keane to Liverpool, has admitted that he is unsure whether the Bulgarian striker, 27, will be staying.

But with Darren Bent among the attackers to impress pre-season, Ramos is refusing to panic.

"There have been great attacking performances so it is not something that concerns me," Ramos said.

Berbatov has been heavily linked with a move away from White Hart Lane this summer, with Manchester United among a number of European suitors.

But with the transfer deadline less than three weeks away, Ramos has said he is happy with preparations for the new season, although he remains keen to add to a squad that could start their campaign with Bent as the only experienced out-and-out striker.

"We are aware there are only two weeks to go before the end of the (deadline), that is something we are working constantly on," he said.

"We are working calmly, in the background, on one or two things. We prefer to work with as much discretion as we can."

He's an excellent pro, he's been working totally independently to anything that might be happening outside the football

Juande Ramos on Berbatov

Ramos added that, should the speculation surrounding Berbatov refuse to die down, he could leave the player out of the squad to face Middlesbrough on Saturday, though he was at pains to praise the striker's professionalism during the saga.

"I will wait until the final training session and see how he is in training, that's when I will make a decision on that," he said.

"He's an excellent pro, he's been working totally independently to anything that might be happening outside the football.

"He's just been getting on with things professionally in training."

Ramos has bolstered his attacking ranks this summer by signing Giovani dos Santos, who can play as a support striker, and attacking midfielders Luka Modric and David Bentley.

However, it is the form of Bent that has been particularly noteworthy.

The striker struggled last season following a 16.5m move from Charlton, hitting just six premier League goals and making only 11 league starts.

However, he has scored 11 times in a prolific pre-season and impressed in grabbing a brace against Roma on Monday.

see also
Berbatov annoyed by transfer talk
07 Jan 08 |  Tottenham
Ramos puts 30m price on Berbatov
03 Jan 08 |  Tottenham
Berbatov praises 'perfect' Ramos
13 Nov 07 |  Tottenham
Berbatov tells Spurs he will stay
08 Nov 07 |  Tottenham
Man Utd deny interest in Berbatov
25 Aug 07 |  Tottenham
Tottenham agree fee for Berbatov
17 May 06 |  Tottenham

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