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Redknapp adamant stars staying put

Harry Redknapp has vowed to keep his rapidly improving Tottenham squad together regardless of whether they qualify for next season's Champions League.

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Tottenham's remarkable debut year in the competition will most likely end on Wednesday night when Real Madrid bring their 4-0 aggregate lead to White Lane Hart for their quarter-final second leg.

Spurs' extended run in the Champions League has put the likes of Gareth Bale and Luka Modric in the shop window for Europe's biggest clubs, but ahead of Tottenham's clash with one such giant, Redknapp insists his stars are not for sale.

Chairman Daniel Levy admitted that he would like to trim the squad, but Redknapp clarified the comments when asked whether he would have to sell against his will this summer.

He said: "Not a chance. Absolutely rubbish. They've all got contracts, none of them are leaving. When Daniel said that we might have to trim the squad, he was talking about a lot of players on loan. That's what he is talking about.''

Luka Modric echoed his manager's sentiments, saying: "It doesn't matter if we qualify or don't qualify for the Champions League, the team will stay together.

"We are all thinking positively that we will qualify. No one is thinking of leaving Tottenham. We are happy here. Tottenham are a big club.

"We can become one of the best teams if we all stay together for a long time. We are close. We are coming and we have a great future."

Redknapp believes that his side can challenge for the Premier League title in the next few years if they continue to progress at their current rate. To emphasise just how keen they are to become challengers, the club lodged failed bids in excess of £30 million for Sergio Aguero and Giuseppe Rossi in January. Redknapp is confident that Levy will back him in the summer in order to help his dream become a reality.

He said: "We're not far off anybody really, we're right there. We're not far off Arsenal. With one or two quality players in the summer we can be right there.''

The importance of Tottenham qualifying for next year's Champions League was highlighted by recent financial results, which showed that the club's revenue increased 49% during the six months that followed their qualification to this season's competition.

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