Re: Blame Twitchy: Spurs players blame saggy face for late season slump
Posted by: eduardo
Date: 28 April, 2012 01:34
from the mirror
Harry: 'I wanted Tevez and Cahill...but got Saha and Nelsen'
Spurs boss reveals it was his 'dream' to bring the rebel Argentine striker to White Hart Lane
Unhappy Harry: Spurs boss admits the club couldn't afford Carlos Tevez's wages Harry Redknapp has revealed Tottenham tried to sign Carlos Tevez in the January transfer window.
Redknapp also confirmed the club were outbid by Champions League and FA Cup finalists Chelsea in the race for England defender Gary Cahill.
In came Everton striker Louis Saha and Blackburn defender Ryan Nelsen instead.
Redknapp believes Tevez – out of favour with Manchester City at the time – would have added bite to Spurs’ bid to nail down Champions League football next season.
He asked chairman Daniel Levy to open talks with City, but Spurs were unable to afford Tevez and have looked on from afar as the Argentina striker has dragged City back into the title race.
Defending his own position before tomorrow’s game with Blackburn, Redknapp revealed: “I said to the chairman ‘Can you get me Carlos Tevez?’ That’s what I said in January. ‘Can we get Tevez?’ It wasn’t possible, but that was my dream.
“Daniel would have loved Tevez, but it wasn’t do-able because his wages are whatever they are – £200,000 a week. It was not possible at Tottenham to buy him.
“We tried to get Gary Cahill, but Chelsea came in and paid him a lot more wages than we could, so we lost him. With Tevez, it was me thinking ‘He’s not in the team, he’s fallen out with Mancini’. You don’t know, do you, unless you ask. It was just a little try.
“Tevez is a fantastic player, whatever you think of what he has done off the pitch. When he puts a shirt on he doesn’t stop running, working. He’s enthusiastic, he can play and he can score goals.
“He’s fantastic. He’s never tired because he’s had four months playing golf, so he wouldn’t have asked for a rest.” Stung by criticism from defender Vedran Corluka, loaned out to Bayer Leverkusen, that he does not rotate players enough, Redknapp snapped: “Frank Lampard has played something like 200 consecutive games, hasn’t he?
“I don’t see him talking about being rotated.
“Ashley Cole has been playing 47, 48 games this year. Wayne Rooney has played well into the 40s. They are not being rotated. Patrice Evra has played 45 games this year so it’s a load of nonsense. It’s an excuse.
“People judge you. We have been around in football long enough to know it’s a fickle game.
“You lose a couple of games and you’re a mug, you win a couple of games and you’re a genius. I’m just the same person I was six months ago, three months ago.
“I haven’t done anything different with the players, training is the same, I talk to them the same, they eat the same food, they come in at the same time.
“The team has changed because I lost a few players, other than that nothing has changed.”
*Signing Ozil is a signing Bergkamp type moment for Arsenal. It changes things utterly.*