Many Tottenham players are growing resentful, five are due to hold talks with Levy - Times
By Richard Parks
Many of Tottenham’s players are “growing resentful” at their salaries after it emerged Daniel Levy is now the top earner at the club, according to a report.
The Times claim that the Spurs squad were “stunned” to learn yesterday from the club’s end-of-year financial results that the long-standing chairman received £6.013 million in 2016-17, more than twice as much as the £2.84 million he was paid the season before.
It is equivalent to £115,000-a-week, which catapults the 56-year-old into number one spot in the Spurs pay league ahead of top-earning player Harry Kane, who is on £110,000-a-week salary, and manager Mauricio Pochettino.
The Times report that there is considerable dressing-room unrest at Levy’s pay deal, at a time when players have been told the club cannot afford to pay them the equivalent of their rivals at top-six Premier League clubs.
Five of the players – Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-Min and Jan Vertonghen – are due to hold contract talks with Levy in the coming months.
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Football Insider verdict:
You can bet your life that Levy’s pay packet will be mentioned by representatives of the Tottenham players due to hold contract talks with the chairman over the coming months. With the players said to be resentful that inferior footballers at less successful are earning more money (and, who can blame them for that?), the club’s chief transfer and contract negotiator has a delicate balancing act on his hands. He must ensure the club operate within strict financial parameters while paying off the new stadium at the same time as holding on to the superb squad that he has assembled in alliance with Mauricio Pochettino and the recruitment staff.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club are working on a deal to sign a 29-year-old left footer who would be a sensational signing.