Assou-Ekotto wants to stay at Tottenham beyond his current contract

The Cameroon international has dismissed claims that he is a mercenary, while also rubbishing speculation suggesting he has a sour relationship with Andre Villas-Boas
Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto has expressed his wish to stay at White Hart Lane beyond the length of his current contract.

The 29-year-old fullback has two years remaining on his Spurs deal and has in the past been accused of being a mercenary after once revealing he considered football to be nothing more than a job.

However, Assou-Ekotto insists he has a strong bond with the north London club and has every desire to stay at Tottenham, long enough to even play at their new stadium.

"What sort of mercenary stays for seven years?" he told the Guardian. "There is a part of me now that has a strong bond with the club.

"I would be quite happy to see out my playing career here, although I know that it's not my call to make. I have every desire to see out my contractual obligations and, if possible, extend so that I can be here for long enough to play at the new stadium."

The Cameroon international also spoke of his positive relationship with current boss Andre Villas-Boas, contrary to speculation that player and manager do not get along.

"With AVB, if I had a problem with him, I would tell you immediately – but that is not the case," he continued. "I have no issues with him.

"So as far as I'm concerned, nothing is afoot. I understand why I have played the number of games that I have played.

"With AVB, it's more tactical [than under previous manager Harry Redknapp] in terms of understanding your different teammates and the opposition. He changes his teams more, moves them around. Some players will play two or three different positions in a single match."

The 29-year-old feels he has acquired a better understanding into the psychology of football supporters after spending four months attending games amongst Tottenham fans at the start of the campaign.

"During my four months out injured at the beginning of the season, I attended every game at White Hart Lane and I would sit in with the Tottenham fans but with my hoodie up so nobody could recognize me," Assou-Ekotto said. "I now feel I have a better understanding of what it is to be a supporter and, for me, there are two types.

"There are the fans who pass judgment quickly, who say, from the comfort of their seats, how they would have cut the ball on the inside, swung the ball around or brought it down.

"It was like I was sitting with Messi, Ronaldo and Maradona. Then you have the other supporter, who understands the technical things a bit more and is patient. They are smaller in number but they do exist."