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By ESPN Staff

Zokora not content to sit on the bench

Tottenham midfielder Didier Zokora admits his future at the club is in doubt as he wants regular first-team football ahead of next year's World Cup.

Zokora, who was linked with Real Madrid in the January transfer window, has fallen behind Wilson Palacios and Jermaine Jenas in the Spurs pecking order and fears losing his place in the Ivory Coast team.

The 28-year-old has started only two Barclays Premier League games since Palacios' arrival, both in an unfamiliar right-back role, and may have to move to keep himself in contention for his country.

"If I can't play regularly then I shall be looking to,'' Zokora told Ivory Coast newspaper Super Sport. "All my career I have been first choice and Harry (Redknapp, Spurs manager) likes me, but he also has good players but I need to play.

"The World Cup is in June 2010 and I can't sit on the bench if I want to be in the Ivorian squad.

"I am working hard to impress and get back in the team and I would like the season to finish on a high - but it is hard for me after being dropped.''

Meanwhile, Spurs have announced a pre-season fixture to face South China at the Hong Kong National Stadium on August 2.

Executive director Paul Barber said: "The Premier League is watched by millions throughout Asia and so we feel it is important to give these supporters the opportunity to come and watch games involving Premier League clubs for themselves.

"We have always enjoyed huge support worldwide and it is a sign of our tradition and success that we can now look to expand our appeal in markets such as Asia.''

There is still hope of Spurs going into their pre-season with European football to look forward to, despite their defeat to Manchester United at the weekend.

"Seventh spot is definitely still there,'' said Jenas.


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