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Spurs calm over Redknapp contract

Harry Harris
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Harry Redknapp has one year remaining on his current deal © Getty Images
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Harry Redknapp's long-term future as Tottenham manager remains unclear with the Premier League club in no rush to extend his contract.

Redknapp, who has one year left on his current deal, was in a strong bargaining position back in February but his Spurs side slumped towards the business end of the season and negotiations with the club's owner have stalled.

Spurs finished fourth in the Premier League but missed out on the final Champions League qualifying place as Chelsea, who finished the season in sixth, won the European Cup to take their spot.

Tottenham were in the top three for much of the campaign but a loss of form, which coincided with the clamour for Redknapp to replace ousted England manager Fabio Capello, saw them slip behind arch-rivals Arsenal in the final standings.

A source close to proceedings told ESPN: "The situation over a new contract is far from clear, as the situation has changed from some time ago when the club were eager to sort out a new deal.

"But they are no longer in such a rush after the collapse of the team since the England situation arose, and the failure to qualify for the Champions League.

"The situation is tricky if the manager goes into the season with only one year left. That is going to cause a problem in the dressing room, for obvious reasons."

Redknapp has hired Wayne Rooney's agent as he enters a significant period in his negotiations, with Spurs linked to longer-term options in David Moyes and Roberto Martinez, should contract talks completely break down.

Redknapp's current deal is worth £3.5 million per year, with a potential £1 million bonus for achieving Champions League qualification.

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