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Sherwood: I'm going nowhere

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Tim Sherwood fully expects to be in charge next season.

Sherwood was forced to answer questions about his future when he faced the press ahead of Thursday night's Europa League tie at Benfica.

Spurs head out to Portugal on the back of three straight losses and another defeat would heap further pressure on the former Spurs midfielder.

The Premier League club trail the Portugese Liga leaders 3-1 from the first leg and are without 11 first-teamers for the last-16 tie.

Louis van Gaal is the bookmakers' favourite to replace the former Spurs midfielder and he recently fuelled speculation by reaffirming his desire to manage in the Premier League.

But Sherwood, who was given an 18-month deal in December, was unmoved by the Holland manager's latest comments.

"People ask me this all the time, he is obviously destined to want to manage in England," Sherwood said.

"He has got a good track record, he is a good manager and I'm sure he'll get his opportunity: he's been shouting loud enough for it."

Konoplyanka

Sherwood has also played down reports that a deal is close for Dnipro winger Yevhen Konoplyanka.

Konoplyanka was linked with moves to Liverpool and Tottenham during the January transfer window and Dnipro president Ihor Kolomoyskyi and that a deal could be close to being concluded.

But Sherwood says there is 'nothing definitive' concerning the 24-year-old, adding no players will join the club unless he sanctions it.

"Konoplyanka is certainly one who's being talked about, but nothing definitive," said Sherwood.

"I think we have to make sure we see a lot more of these guys before they come in, not just the highlights, because we've got to make sure we do our recruitment job on them.

"I will sign the players, absolutely. Nobody else will come in here unless I sanction it. You can't work any other way.

"The manager has got to work with the players, so unless he gets the players he wants it's always going to be an uphill task. He will always have the excuse of, 'well, they're not my players'.

"Someone else has made those decisions in the past and I've not been privy to it. I know the type of players I want to improve the group and take it forward next season.

"It's out of my hands but I believe I'll be here next year. I'm planning for next season. The players are playing for their futures."