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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Nov, 24, 2007

Ramos: Robbo still a part of my Spurs masterplan

Tottenham head coach Juande Ramos has assured Paul Robinson of his future at White Hart Lane and insists he is not looking for another goalkeeper.

Robinson's form this season has been poor and he was dropped for England's disastrous defeat to Croatia this week. There have also been reports Spurs have been looking at Schalke's Manuel Neuer and Udinese's Samir Handanovic.

Ramos, however, has previously spoken of Robinson's importance in the dressing room and views the 28-year-old as a senior member of his squad.

'Paul Robinson is an absolutely vital part of our team,' said Ramos.

'He is very much a heavyweight in the team and we can't do without him.

'Everything written about him has not come out of my mouth and I have not asked for a goalkeeper to come to the team.'

Ramos believes Steve McClaren's decision to drop Robinson this week highlighted how important the goalkeeper is - particularly as Scott Carson had a shocking competitive debut.

'With such a negative result of the decision, it is very positive for Paul Robinson,' Ramos said.

'He should feel very strengthened by this. It shows he is absolutely essential for his national team.'

Robinson is part of the English nucleus at White Hart Lane that Spurs have taken great pride in. Ramos insists it is results rather than nationalities that he is interested in.

'Clubs are private companies and demand good results,' he said.

'To get good results you need good footballers. If we have English players that fit the bill that is perfect, if not we'll go abroad to find them. The most important thing is the results.

'We have to conduct a deep analysis of the squad, then we have to decide what we need then we have to make decisions whether to invest in players in January or June.

'It depends on the situation of the team going into January, if we are in a position where we hope to get into Europe. It's difficult to make decisions of that sort at the moment.'

Ramos is also confident of keeping his four strikers - Dimitar Berbatov, Robbie Keane, Jermain Defoe and Darren Bent - happy at the club.

'I'd like to have all four (in January),' he said.

'Each footballer has to make an analysis of their own situation.

'I feel they will be comfortable and happy but that is a decision that the footballers have to make themselves.'


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