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The Spurs manager says he doesn't intend on signing another left-back because he believes the Cameroon international is an 'extremely important' player in his squad

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas insists he does not intend to replace Benoit Assou-Ekotto in the summer transfer window.

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The 29-year-old hasn't been able to hold down a regular first-team role since he missed four months at the beginning of the season with a knee injury, having started 15 of Spurs' last 25 games.

The Cameroonian has been rotated at left-back with Kyle Naughton and Jan Vertonghen prompting rumours of an exit, but Villas-Boas has rejected those claims.

"We finally have Benoit [Assou-Ekotto] back so, apart from the fluid that he has on the knee, he was involved in all of the fixtures since he got back," the Portuguese told reporters.

"He’s an extremely important player for us. We have Danny Rose coming back and Zeki Fryers so we have to make the best decision [for next season]."

The French-born defender joined Spurs from RC Lens in 2006 and has gone on to make a 151 appearances for the club.

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