'Act like a big club' – Thierry Henry delivers warning to Tottenham and Levy
By Aramide Oladipo
Thierry Henry has praised Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy for the way in which he has handled transfers this summer but believes that Spurs “have to act like a big club” in order to keep their best players.
Spurs have been unable to compete with their Premier League rivals in the transfer window due to the financial restraints as the club are building a new stadium.
Bitter rivals Arsenal experienced something similar when they left Highbury and moved to the Emirates Stadium in 2006.
At the time, the Gunners’ financial situation meant that they were unable to make marquee signings and a number of important players were sold as a consequence, including Henry.
Writing in his column for the Sun, the Arsenal legend believes that Tottenham might face the same fate if they fail to match their league rivals both in spending and wages.
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“To Daniel Levy, as we say in French, chapeau bas! Hats off. Well done,” he wrote.
“But they are dancing with the big boys now. And if you want to be a big club, you have to act like a big club.
“I know from my own experience it is so hard to compete financially when you are building a new stadium.
“But what happened at Arsenal? Everybody left!
“At some point, if you don’t match the wages on offer at other clubs, and don’t bring titles, it’s going to be difficult to keep Rose, Dier, Harry Kane and Dele Alli.”
Problems already appear to have arisen due for Spurs as the Times recently reported that defender Toby Alderweireld is open to a move away from North London due to the club’s unwillingness to increase his salary.
Despite the restrictions, Spurs have still managed to bring in defender Davison Sanchez for a reported fee of £42million this summer.
With the transfer window shortly coming to a close, Spurs might still add more players to the squad in order to boost their chances of silverware this season.
Tottenham kick off their home campaign at Wembley on Sunday afternoon, against defending champions Chelsea.
In other Tottenham news, Chris Sutton has predicted Spurs’ clash with Chelsea.