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Townsend eyes regular football

Andros Townsend has admitted that he may have to leave Tottenham permanently following a number of loan spells.

Last Updated: 01/08/13 at 14:53 Post Comment

Andros Townsend: Wants regular football and is prepared to leave Spurs

Andros Townsend: Wants regular football and is prepared to leave Spurs

The 22-year-old has been loaned out to nine different clubs since signing senior terms at White Hart Lane in 2008.

Although determined to make his mark at Spurs, where he has yet to start a Premier League fixture, the winger has taken a pragmatic view of his future.

"I think I either give it a go at Tottenham, get more game time, or look to move on a more permanent basis," Townsend said.

"I've had nine loans now. I enjoy going out on loan because it means I'm playing games.

"I'm not young anymore - I'm 22. In football terms, I'm getting on a bit and I want to play sustained football on a permanent basis."

Townsend, meanwhile, is hoping that Gareth Bale stays at Spurs despite the face of the intense speculation over Real Madrid luring the Welsh winger away from north London.

"I think Gareth Bale is playing more down the middle anyway," he added. "It gives me hope that I can try and break through this season if he continues to play down the middle."

Motivation

Townsend's most recent move saw him spend the latter part of 2012-13 with QPR, and the approach of the Loftus Road club's manager is one that appeals to Townsend.

"Harry Redknapp, you know what he's about," he added. "He's a man motivator. He likes to play free-flowing attacking football. As you saw from the years at Spurs, it was attack, attack attack."

The England Under-21 international's displays for QPR last term did not go unnoticed by Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas.

"Andros did extremely well in QPR for a team during a difficult time," said Villas-Boas.

"So we have allowed him to come back, he's enjoying pre-season, he's showing great motivation to stay in the team. This is what you want from young players coming through."

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