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Joe Jordan expecting Peter Crouch to stay at Spurs

Peter Crouch
Peter Crouch joined Tottenham from Portsmouth in July 2009

Tottenham assistant manager Joe Jordan says he does not expect striker Peter Crouch to leave White Hart Lane amid speculation linking him to Liverpool.

Crouch, 29, has also been linked with a move to Everton, as Spurs manager Harry Redknapp looks to free up funds so he can move for Nice forward Loic Remy.

However, Jordan sees the 6ft 7in forward playing an important part for Spurs in the new 2010/11 season.

"I don't think we will let him go too easily," Jordan told ESPN Sport.

Crouch joined Tottenham in July 2009 from Portsmouth in a deal that was worth in the region of £10m.

His previous clubs include Liverpool and Southampton while he began his career at White Hart Lane as a trainee.

606: DEBATE

Crouch was a key member of the Tottenham squad last season playing 47 times, scoring 13 goals as Spurs qualified for the Champions League.

"We had a lot of competition when we brought Peter in and he has done very, very well," said Jordan.

"He is a player that has proved himself at Tottenham."

The England striker is battling with Jermain Defoe, Robbie Keane - who has returned from his loan spell at Celtic - and Roman Pavlyuchenko for a starting berth against Manchester City on Saturday on the opening day of the season.

Keane is another player whose future at Spurs was in doubt but Jordan believes the Republic of Ireland forward has staked a claim to feature again in Redknapp's plans.

"He has been our best player pre-season and scored two at the weekend," said the Spurs assistant boss.

"Robbie has come back [from Celtic] in good nick, has trained well and has played terrific."

Jordan continued: "When we took over under Harry Redknapp, Spurs were in big trouble.

"We had two points from eight games and he made a number of signings. He brought Robbie back and Robbie was a fantastic signing, and we stayed up.

"We have built from that and he has been part of that. He has been so important, not just on the field but in the dressing room as well. He has been a big player for us."



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see also
Tottenham complete Crouch signing
28 Jul 09 |  Tottenham
Sunderland withdraw Crouch offer
21 Jul 09 |  Sunderland
Portsmouth edge closer to buy-out
29 Jul 09 |  Portsmouth
Crouch seals 11m Portsmouth move
11 Jul 08 |  Portsmouth
Crouch completes Liverpool move
20 Jul 05 |  Liverpool
Crouch joins Saints
09 Jul 04 |  Southampton


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