Tottenham outcast Roman Pavlyuchenko has accused boss Harry Redknapp of having a laugh at his expense.
The Spurs striker insists he is at a loss to understand why Redknapp turned down an offer from Lokomotiv Moscow and believes he has no future at the club who paid £13.8m for him after Euro 2008.
“Sometimes I have a feeling that Redknapp jeers at me,” Pavlyuchenko told Russia’s Sport Express. “I told him that it cannot be this way any more, since I wouldn’t help my team with sad thoughts in my mind.
“I need to play football, otherwise people will have only memories from player Pavlyuchenko and they won’t need him anymore.
“I think only about my move from Tottenham. Lokomotiv made a really worthy offer and if I sit on the subs’ bench they won’t offer the same sum in the summer.
“Redknapp is ready to let me go, but I still keep on watching our games from the bench.
“At the same time I am convinced that the head coach doesn’t need my services, he doesn’t see me in his playing schemes. But why doesn’t he agree to sell me then?
“By sitting on the bench I will lose my place in the most important team for me – in the national team. Alexandr Borodyuk called me and said that coaches still count on me, but it can’t last forever. Though I try to train in full measure.
“It’s hard to assess myself, however I give 100% during training as I understand that otherwise I would lose my place in football once and for all.
“But I don’t see any future for myself at Tottenham. It’s a really big club with super fans who like me, however I think it’s an end of the story, not with the team but with the head coach.
“My agents and friends persuaded me to stay at the club half a year ago and told me that I would get a chance and Redknapp also said that I would play for sure.
“The result was I featured in six or seven games having 10 minutes of playing time. I am absolutely sure that will be repeated in the next three months.
“Just look at the situation. The head coach does not see the player in the team, while the player wants to leave. They have a worthy offer from the other club, and at the same time nothing happens. I need to change the club not only to play football, but for an emotional boost.”
Birmingham came closest to agreeing a fee with Spurs in the January transfer window, but Pavlyuchenko has his heart set on a return to Russia. Liverpool, West Ham and Fulham also expressed an interest in taking him on loan.
Meanwhile, Jermain Defoe and Michael Dawson have backed midfielder Tom Huddlestone after his penalty heartbreak in Sunday’s FA Cup fifth round draw at Bolton.
The midfielder’s spot-kick was saved by Jussi Jaaskelainen with the scores level at 1-1 in the second half.
Defoe has missed penalties against Everton and Leeds this season while Dawson gave away the last-minute spot-kick that earned Leeds a replay at Elland Road, which Spurs went on to win.
“Tom’s a great player and it’s not as easy as it looks,” said Defoe. “You have to forget about the miss and move on to the next game. It’s one of those things.
“It’s not easy for the player who has missed and you’ll always think ’what if’ but the bottom line is that we’re still in the FA Cup. That’s what matters.”
Dawson added: “As I’ve always said, good or bad, we win together and lose together and the fact we didn’t win at Bolton wasn’t just down to Tom missing a penalty.
“He will probably feel like that but it was the same when we played Leeds at home, we had plenty of chances to win the game before I gave away that penalty. That doesn’t make it any easier when you feel deep down that you’ve cost your team.
“Tom’s an unbelievable player and I’m sure he won’t let it affect him too much. I’m sure he’s had a couple of sleepless nights, just like I did after Leeds, but he’s a top-class player and he will bounce back.”