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Gunter insists future is at Spurs

Chris Gunter
Chris Gunter signed for Spurs from Cardiff in January 2008 for 2m

Wales defender Chris Gunter has been reassured his long-term future is at Tottenham Hotspur despite being sent out on loan to Nottingham Forest.

The 19-year-old right-back started just twice for Spurs in the Premier League before signing on loan at the City Ground for the rest of the season.

"I have been told I will be part of what is happening at Spurs in the future," said Gunter.

"The manager has shown at previous jobs that he gives youngsters a chance."

Gunter was a European regular for Spurs in the UEFA Cup but the Cardiff City academy graduate has been a bit-part player in the league.


So Spurs boss Harry Redknapp removed Gunter from the relegation firing line and he has played both fixtures he has been at Forest as he continues his "football education."

Gunter now prepares to win his 13th Wales cap against Finland in their 2010 World Cup qualifier at The Millennium Stadium before Wednesday's Cardiff clash with Germany.

And he prepares for Wales duty safe in the knowledge that his future lies in the top-flight.

"There are not a great deal of 19-year-olds playing in the Premier League at the moment," said Gunter.

"I did get frustrated. But there are times I have been sitting on the bench at Spurs and looking around at players who have played 200 plus games in the Premier League. And they are not happy either.

"I just took a step back and realised the benefits of what I could do on loan somewhere.

"I see going out on loan as part of my football education and it will only improve me as a player.

"I want to go out and play games but I want to make my name at Tottenham."

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