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By ESPN Staff
May 6, 2006

Davids considers return back to Netherlands

CHIGWELL, England, May 6 (Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur's Dutch midfielder Edgar Davids is deciding whether to see out the final year of his contract or return to the Netherlands.

"It's a tough decision," the 33-year-old told reporters at the club's training ground. "I don't know yet. I'm happy here. It's a good environment and there are possibilities to do well."

The much-travelled Davids has been linked with a return to his first club Ajax Amsterdam, with whom he won the Champions League in 1995, but says he has enjoyed his first season in the Premier League with an improving young Spurs side.

"At the end of the day you maybe want to go home," added Davids. "The difficulty is that I like it here. I've got a year to go. I just have to chat with a couple of people."

"We have a great team with some players who will be really big in the future without a doubt."

Davids has been named in the Netherlands 33-man provisional World Cup squad but could be left out of Marco Van Basten's final 23-man squad for the tournament in Germany.

However, he has returned to form for Tottenham after an impressive start to the season that was hampered by injury.

"Edgar Davids was very good before Christmas, before his injury, and for the last three to four weeks and he's fully fit now," said Tottenham's Dutch manager Martin Jol.

Davids, who has featured in four major tournaments for the Netherlands and has played in four Champions League finals, was brought to the club by Jol for his experience.

"When I came here I said we wanted to finish higher than we did last year and I also said that we wanted to play in Europe," said the former AC Milan, Juventus and Barcelona midfielder.

"If we come fourth and Arsenal win the Champions League we will still play in Europe. Everybody wants to play in the Champions League because that's where it's all happening.

"If that has not happened we have to play in the UEFA Cup and that's not bad. It's still good for the progress of the players. You go abroad and compare your own style to others."

For Spurs to guarantee fourth place above Arsenal, who they lead by a point, and give themselves a chance of a Champions League place next season they must beat West Ham United, who face Liverpool in the FA Cup final, at Upton Park on Sunday.

"Of course, they (West Ham) have an eye on the cup final," said Davids. "It's huge. If we were in the same position we'd think about the final. It's always difficult when you play away, though, and now we have to win there so we'll see how it goes."