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Jenas admits he was ready to quit Tottenham

Jermaine Jenas admits he was set to leave Tottenham before manager Harry Redknapp threw him a lifeline.

The 27-year old midfielder was struggling with an ongoing groin problem and trying to play on pain killers until he underwent an operation and is now slowly finding his best for Spurs.

After the England international recovered from surgery, Redknapp has shown his faith in Jenas by putting him back into the first team and he now plans to retain his spot, especially in the Champions League.

"There has been constant rumours about me leaving but I just wanted to be settled and part of the Tottenham team again," he said.

"At one time I felt I'd have to leave because all I wanted to do was play football and I wasn't getting games here.

"But despite the offers that came in, they were not worth leaving for.

"This is the best I've felt since a few years ago.

"I was carrying a groin injury for at least a year - maybe because I was under a bit of pressure in my own position and I was trying to just delay, delay, delay the surgery. But I had to do it in the end.

"I was taking painkillers to try to get through it and in the end it just broke down.

"There's Champions League football now and I'll be fighting tooth and nail to get a regular starting place."

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