Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto signs new five-year deal

Cameroon international wants to spend the rest of his career at Spurs
By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent

Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto has agreed a new five-year contract with the club following his fine recent form, UK can reveal.

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The Cameroonian left-back signed a four-year deal only last year but has now agreed to extend his stay at White Hart Lane, which will keep him at the club until 2015.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is a huge fan of the 26-year-old, who he considers one of the best full-backs in the Premier League.

Assou-Ekotto has agreed to sign an initial four-year contract, with the club having the option to extend the deal by a further year.

The former Lens man, who has admitted he does not enjoy football, recently declared his desire to spend the rest of his career at Tottenham.

“If it is possible I would love to sit down with Harry Redknapp and the chairman and talk about me spending the next 10 years at Tottenham,” he said earlier this month.

“It would be fantastic for me. I love the club and I love London. I hope I can stay for a long time.”

Assou-Ekotto played a key role in Tottenham’s qualification for the Champions League at the end of last season and has continued to produce impressive performances at the start of this campaign.

He struggled initially after his £3.5 million move from Lens in 2006 but last season established himself as Redknapp’s first choice left-back ahead of Gareth Bale.

Bale is now shining in a more advanced role and has formed a dangerous partnership with Assou-Ekotto on the Spurs left.

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