COVENTRY, England -- Giovani dos Santos doesn't necessarily want to leave England after all. He just wants playing time.
The Tottenham midfielder, who has been seeking a new club after barely playing under Harry Redknapp last season, will speak to new Spurs coach Andre Villas-Boas following the Olympics with the hope of remaining in the Premier League under the right circumstances.
"I'm very happy here [in England] but the most important thing is the game," Dos Santos told a small group of English-speaking reporters after scoring both goals in Mexico's 2-0 win over Gabon at the Olympic Games on Sunday.
Dos Santos has been rumored to a return to Spain before this summer's transfer window closes, but Villas-Boas would like to take a closer look at the 23-year-old before any decisions are made. Dos Santos, entering the final year of his contract, has stated that he'd like to leave now or on a free transfer next summer.
"I want to see him in the environment and back to the team," Villas-Boas said last week during the team's U.S. tour. "You always get to know a player when you involve him on a daily basis in training. And hopefully by then I can make a better decision."
Already it appears Villas-Boas is willing to give Dos Santos a fair shot, something Redknapp failed to do before leaving the team following the 2011-12 season. When asked if he was ever told why he wasn't playing, Dos Santos admitted that he "almost never spoke to [Redknapp] so he didn't explain the reasons why."
"All players want the opportunity and it was a bit frustrating," Dos Santos added.
Dos Santos joined Spurs from Barcelona in 2008 but despite shining with the Mexican national team, he has struggled at White Hart Lane. He has only made two starts and has been loaned to Ipswich Town, Galatasaray and Racing Santander.
Mexico's Olympic coach, Luis Fernando Tena, says that Dos Santos' current club situation is hurting the youngster on the international level.
"He needs to find his rhythm at a club level and potentially that's what he can achieve," Tena said. "It will be better for him to have that rhythm at a club level but unfortunately he doesn't get that many minutes at Tottenham. It would be better for Mexico if he played more."
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