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Former Derby midfielder is returning to fitness after missing most of last season with an ankle injury and is confident that he will regain a place in the first team next term

Tom Huddlestone wants a first-team place at Tottenham next season, regardless of who leaves or joins the club this summer.

The 25-year-old only managed four appearances last season before an ankle injury, that required two separate surgeries, ruled him out for the campaign.

Luka Modric looks set to leave the club for Real Madrid, but Spurs have signed Gylfi Sigurdsson and been linked to Portuguese midfielder Joao Moutinho.

"Regardless of whether Luka stays or goes, I want to be in the starting XI," he told The Guardian.

"Whenever I've been fully fit at Tottenham, I've been in the team and I want that to continue.

"Luka's a fantastic player and I don't really know what his situation is. But I am fully confident in my own ability to play in the team with him or without him."
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The former Derby midfielder revealed that he will always suffer from the ankle injury but is confident that he will be able to manage the issue throughout his career.

"It'll be something I'll always have," Huddlestone continued. "I just have to learn how to manage it. I'll have to take it day by day, but I don't think it will be a case of missing matches because the games are far enough apart."