By Joe Wright ~ goal.com
Benoit Assou-Ekotto has confirmed that he will look to leave Tottenham in the summer if they fail to secure a place in next season’s Champions League.
28-year-old left-back reveals that he has “a gentleman’s agreement” with chairman Daniel Levy which would enable him to leave if a top European side came calling in the summer. The Cameroon international, who signed from Ligue 1 side Lens back in 2006, has been a regular in an oft-changing defensive line-up in Harry Redknapp’s side over recent seasons.
Spurs’ chances of Champions League qualification remain on a knife-edge going in to the final Premier League weekend, as Chelsea could deny their London rivals a place in next year’s tournament should they win the final in Munich on May 19.
When asked if regular football in Europe’s elite competition were a motivation behind a move, Assou-Ekotto told France Football: “Yes. All players want to play in this competition. A few months ago, I said I never wanted to play in the Europa League because that competition is useless.
“I have a gentleman’s agreement with the chairman. As he is a man of his word, I hope that will make things easier if a great club comes in.”
While the 28-year-old admitted he would be content to remain at White Hart Lane should significant investment in the team is made, he revealed he may look to pastures new if a European giant came calling for his services.
“Everything is possible,” he continued. “When I met the chairman last January he told me that, if a club bigger than Tottenham came in for me, he wouldn’t necessarily be against my departure.
“If there is a change at Tottenham – some more money is made available – I wouldn’t be against the idea of staying, but otherwise I’ll try to move forwards, as I did when I left Lens.”