Pavlyuchenko agent claims misquoting

The agent of Tottenham Hotspur striker Roman Pavlyuchenko has rubbished reports suggesting the Russian front-man is destined to leave White Hart Lane this summer.

The 27-year-old has endured an exhaustive and frustrating first season at Spurs, arriving in North London last September having not had a significant rest from domestic duties with Spartak Moscow and international action with his country at Euro 2008.

The £13.8 million signing made just 28 Premier League appearances for the club in 2008/09, scoring five goals.

And reports over the weekend claimed the striker was on the verge of quitting Harry Redknapp's side, quoting Pavlyuchenko's agent, Oleg Artemov, as saying he was searching for a new club for the forward.

However, Artemov has hit back, insisting his remarks had been taken out of context, and that Pavlyuchenko is keen to remain in London and prove his worth to the Spurs faithful in 2009/10.

“I was astonished to read the outcry on the internet as a result of the alleged interview I gave to the Daily Mirror,” he told Sport Express.

“In fact, it was a loose translation of my comments to the newspaper Izvestia and the words were taken out of context.

“I am looking at Roman’s options, but that is the regular, daily work of any agent, trying to get the best for the player.

“Roma and Stuttgart have made some early steps towards the signing, but there have been no specific offers or negotiations as yet.

“Besides, Roman wants to play in London and is looking to prove that he can be an asset for Tottenham.”

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