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Russian staying in north-east London....

Roman Pavlyuchenko's agent Oleg Artemov has given some clarification on the Russian international's future after the striker had been linked with a move away from Tottenham Hotspur.

Artemov told Soviet sport: "Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is not going to let Roman leave the team, he is necessary for Harry Redknapp."

With Tottenham about to make their debut in the Champions League it would seem Redknapp wants as many options up front as possible and Pavlyuchenko does not want to miss the opportunity.

"Roman himself does not want to leave England, but if that does happen he will return to a Russian club," Artemov added.

"We have noted that information appeared regarding the possible departure of the striker. Among contenders were Sporting Lisbon and Spartak Moscow. I did not see any movement from Spartacus [Spartak], there were no specifics.

"Interest from both Zenit and Lokomotiv, as was reported in Britain, was nothing."

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