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By ESPN Staff
Aug 15, 2006

Ian has the Harte to stay in Spain

Levante defender Ian Harte insists he is happy to stay in Spain, despite being linked with a move away from the club this summer.

Harte may be out of the Republic of Ireland's friendly against Holland tomorrow, but he returns to Spain far happier than he did just under three months ago.

On that occasion, following a 1-0 defeat by Chile at the end of May, Harte made his case for a return to England as life with Levante was turning sour.

Family problems meant he was looking for any way back, with the 28-year-old kindly offered a free transfer by the club president.

But several weeks on Harte is looking forward to another season with Levante, with thoughts of a move 'on the backburner.'

'Things have changed since,' explained Harte.

'We won promotion on the last day of the season, and the president told me he wanted me to stay and that I was part of his plans after helping the team get promoted.

'I've two more years left on my contract, we're in the Primera Liga, and the family is happy which is the main thing.

'The problem was my wife's dad passed away and she wanted to be close to her mom, while I hadn't really settled in.

'We've since spoken about things and to other people close to us, and we feel it is best we stay and enjoy two more years.

'Laura has now settled and our eldest daughter is in school. If they arem happy, then I'm happy and I can enjoy my football.

'Levante have signed eight new players, quality as well including Laurent Robert and Damiano Tommasi from Roma.

'It should be a bright season, so compared to two years ago, it's a much better squad.'