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Despite not playing for Spurs for over a year, new club are confident in Assou-Ekotto

Signing former Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto holds no fears for Saint Etienne.

Saint Etienne claim to have no worries about the physical condition of Benoit Assou-Ekotto despite him spending a year on the sidelines.

Quoted by French website MaxiFoot, club president Roland Romeyer says that the Cameroon international has been impressive so far.

Assou-Ekotto became an outcast at Tottenham over the final stretch of his career at the club and made to train alone, and he was released in February after they failed to find a buyer in the transfer window.

Romeyer told MaxiFoot: "He is a player with a very good level He convinced all the members of our recruiting team. For one year he did not play but he is sharpened. Throughout this period, he had a personal physical trainer. He is full of confidence."

The left-back is currently training with St Etienne, who finished fifth in Ligue 1 last season, and his signing has since been officially confirmed by the club. MaxiFoot reported he was due to undergo a medical yesterday.

He will replace Franck Tabanou, who signed with Swansea City earlier this month.

Assou-Ekotto spent nine years with Spurs, signing from Lens for £4.4 million in 2006, and went onto play 155 Premier League games for the club.

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