England Under-21 internationals Danny Rose and Kyle Walker have signed contract extensions with Tottenham until 2015 and 2016 respectively, the club have confirmed.
Rose, 21, burst onto the scene with a spectacular strike in Spurs’ north London derby victory over Arsenal in April 2010, and went on to play 17 times on loan at Bristol City last season before featuring at left-back for Harry Redknapp’s team in the final four games of the season.
Walker, also 21, impressed during loan spells with npower Championship winners QPR and Aston Villa last term, making a total of 38 appearances.
Another player who looks set to stay at White Hart Lane is Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
Quizzed about a possible summer switch to Paris St Germain, the 27-year-old Cameroon full-back told Sky Sports News: “I don’t want to move to another club.
“If I have a good feeling with my chairman I will stay.
“I don’t have a reason to move, even to play in the Champions League. We can do it with Spurs.
“We have done it once already, so why not again?”
Team-mate Luka Modric may not share that view, however.
The 25-year-old Croatia playmaker last month stunned Spurs supporters by declaring he wants to leave – with Chelsea his preferred destination.
The north London club have rejected a £22m bid for Modric, with chairman Daniel Levy saying the player is not for sale.
Holland international Rafael van der Vaart does not believe Modric’s desire to leave is down to money.
He said: “If someone wants to leave it’s difficult to keep them. When a player is unhappy it’s not a good thing.
“Luka and (Gareth) Bale don’t play for money – they play to win something. If they have to go to another club it’s their decision.
“But I hope they stay because they are fantastic and really important for the club.”
Van der Vaart was speaking on the day Spurs players returned for pre-season training, seeking to make up for the disappointment of missing out on Champions League football in the forthcoming campaign.
The 28-year-old added: “Drop too many points and you don’t deserve to be in the Champions League. So next season we are going to focus on the Europa League.
“As a player you want to improve every year but the important thing is to help the team. If we stay together we have a good squad.”
One player who has arrived at White Hart Lane is Brad Friedel – the 40-year-old former Aston Villa and Blackburn goalkeeper having signed a two-year deal last month.
He joins Heurelho Gomes and Carlo Cudicini on Spurs’ books, and Van der Vaart said: “I had a chat with him (Friedel) and he’s a really nice guy.
“I think he’s going to help us. We now have three fantastic goalkeepers.”