Pavlyuchenko: Tottenham have lost their best defender

Former Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko believes the depature of Vedran Corluka to Lokomotiv Moscow leaves his former team without their strongest defender.

The Croatian full-back recently completed his move east for an undisclosed fee, and now links up with his former team-mate who left White Hart Lane in January.

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And the prolific Russian frontman admitted he is delighted to be able to play alongside his former colleague and that the defender will be a superb addition to Slaven Bilic's Moscow side.

Pavlyuchenko told the Daily Mail: "It's great news - the best I've heard for a week and a half.

"He is a very tenacious, uncompromising defender, who is practically impossible to beat one on one.

"He convinced me of this in training several times.

"He's physically strong and, without flatter, I would say that Corluka was probably the strongest defender at Tottenham."

Corluka made over 80 appearances for the north London club after signing from Manchester City in 2008.

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