Benoit Assou-Ekotto hopes to return to Tottenham Hotspur for the start of next season, following his loan spell at Queens Park Rangers.
The Cameroon international was deemed surplus to requirements by Andre Villas-Boas at the start of the campaign, so he linked up with former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp at Loftus Road. He has gone on to make 27 appearances in all competitions for the Hoops, who remain hopeful of making an instant return to the Premier League.
Such a platform is clearly where Assou-Ekotto feels he belongs, and regardless of where QPR finish this season, he has revealed he intends to return to White Hart Lane ahead of next term. By this time he will be down to the final 12 months of his contract, so if the capital club decide he no longer fits in with their plans, he is prepared to move on.
“As many people know, Tottenham are a good club and if I can finish my contract there, cool,” Assou-Ekotto said in the London Evening Standard. “If people don’t want me there, then I will have to find another club. But my first target is to stay at Tottenham. I prefer to play in the Premier League. The ball in the Premier League is more on the floor.”
With so much uncertainty surrounding the two clubs at the moment, it is difficult to imagine where the 30-year-old will be when the 2014/15 campaign begins. For instance, it remains to be seen if Tim Sherwood will still be in charge at Spurs, and if QPR clinch a return to the Premier League, the fullback may be more receptive to staying at Loftus Road.
Redknapp’s side, meanwhile, are slowly getting back to form after some disappointing performances. The 1-0 win against Wigan Athletic on Tuesday night was their third success in four matches, and this has lifted them to third place in the Championship standings. They remain, though, 10 points adrift of Burnley who occupy the final automatic promotion place, and they are a further three behind current leaders Leicester City.