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Redknapp signs new Tottenham contract

Harry Redknapp has signed a new Tottenham contract after steering the club into the Champions League.
Harry Redknapp has signed a new Tottenham contract after steering the club into the Champions League.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Tottenham have rewarded Harry Redknapp for taking them into the Champions League
  • The London club have handed the 63-year-old a two-year contract extension
  • The new deal will now keep Redknapp at White Hart Lane until 2013
  • Redknapp took charge of Tottenham in October 2008 when they were bottom
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(CNN) -- Tottenham Hotspur have rewarded manager Harry Redknapp for taking the club into the Champions League for the first time in their history, by given him a new contract that runs until June 2013.

Redknapp's contract extension comes in the wake of Tottenham finishing fourth in last season's English Premier League -- snatching the final Champions League place in the process.

The 63-year-old's previous deal was due to expire next year, but the London club have exercised an option for a further two years in recognition of Redknapp's achivements.

"We are delighted to announce that we have extended the contract of manager Harry Redknapp until 2013," said a statement on the club's official website.

"Harry guided us to fourth place in his first full season with the club, our highest league finish since the Premier League's inception, with the prospect of competing in the Champions League for the first time this coming campaign."

Redknapp took charge in October 2008 with the team bottom of the Premier League having collected only two points from their opening eight matches.

The turnaround was completed when Redknapp led the club to a dramatic 1-0 win over Manchester City in their penultimate game of last season -- ensuring Champions League qualification.