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Harry Redknapp is looking forward to returning to the United States as a manager when he takes Tottenham Hotspur on tour.

Redknapp, 63, both played and coached the Seattle Sounders in 1976 and is returning to the nation this week with his Spurs players. When he was last in the country, he featured against world-famous names such as Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and George Best.

Speaking to Tottenham' website, he was excited about bringing his squad to the country and reliving a few memories.

"I have great memories of playing for Seattle and I was privileged to play alongside the likes of Geoff Hurst and Mike England," Redknapp said.

"I was also regularly coming up against some of the best players the game has ever seen.

"In fact, I remember when the Sounders played in the 1977 Soccer Bowl in Portland against the [New York] Cosmos in what was Pele's last competitive match. Fantastic memories."

Spurs are set to face some of the most important fixtures in the club's history in the next few weeks when they take part in the Champions League qualifying stage. Redknapp argued the upcoming fixtures would stand them in good stead for the challenges ahead

"Pre-season matches are so important in preparation for the start of the season in August," he added.

"To be playing the likes of San Jose Earthquakes, the New York Red Bulls and Sporting Lisbon will be a good test for the squad.

"It's the club's first visit to the US since 2003 and it promises to be a great experience for all of us."

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