'Huge mistake' - Redknapp slams Tottenham summer transfer decision
Jamie Redknapp has dubbed Tottenham’s decision to offload Kyle Walker in the summer transfer window as a “huge mistake” as their season continues to take a downward spiral.
Walker signed for Manchester City in the summer in a transfer worth over £50million to make him the most expensive British defender of all time.
City are now flying high at the top of the Premier League with Walker playing a key role while Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs look as though they may struggle to even earn a Champions League spot this season.
Now, former White Hart Lane player Redknapp has urged Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to stop playing hardball with his money and to give his top talent the money that they deserve.
“Letting Kyle Walker go in the summer looks like a huge mistake,” Redknapp said, as quoted on the Sky Sports website.
“I thought it was good business at the time but now what it’s has done is set a precedent in the dressing room. It looks to me that the players know what the going rate is.
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“Toby Alderweireld is one of the best centre-backs in the world – why has he not signed? Go and give him whatever he deserves.”
Alderweireld’s contract has created somewhat of a storm at the club.
The Telegraph reported in September that although the Belgium international is tied down on £50,000-a-week until 2019, Spurs have the option to extend it by a further year.
However that is said to then trigger a release clause of £25million – a sum which is no doubt a lot lower than the player’s actual transfer value, especially when you consider Man City tried to spent more than £30million on West Brom’s Jonny Evans in the summer.
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