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  • Read that he wants to leave and has a gentleman's agreement with Levy to do so if a bigger club comes for him in the summer.

    This doesn't bode well for Spurs in the long-term as you need to keep your best players in order to attract top quality players to the club.

    I also think that it would send out the wrong message to rival clubs, and encourage rivals to poach your remaining better players.

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    • Mel,
      It's a tough call I know on King. 'arry must be aware of his enthusiasm to simply play. But sometimes the player has to make the call. I'd hate for the man to seriously cripple himself (like you hear of in American Football(?)). I hope 'arry and Levy see that his talents shouldn't just leave Spurs when he no longer plays.

      As for BAE, I also think he's been good for us. I think he's been pretty good at LB, although he does scare me from time to time and I hope he stays for next season. I tend to take most things reported in the press with a pinch of salt - especially the obviously headline grabbing bits which then bear no resemblance to what is actually said in the story.

    • John, Ledley as we all know is a top top player, he is an hard act to follow both from ability and loyalty to go out cropped more often than not, Harry or Daniel gave him an ultimatum at the start of the season to play i think (dont quote me)31 games to see if they were going to offer him a new contract if that figure is correct he has not made it, there has been a lot of discussion over the last few years to whether or not to keep him, keep him we must but not in a playing capacity if we are to move forward we must invest in the future and im afraid to say our Ledley is not the future.
      Harry could have and should have bought quality central defenders two years ago, we have had a catalogue of injuries in this department with Michael Dawson, Ledley and we brought in Gallas who in fairness has been a reasonable performer but again count the games hes played not many, they have tried to promote full backs like Kaboul and the Croation out on loan to fill these central defenders positions it has not worked and when you are vying for at least a Champions league spot you need great players and this in my opinion Harry as not done, ask any Spurs supporters the question and most will agree.
      Lets keep Ledley at White Hart Lane for the rest of his days he deserves it but sorry son its time to let go because on the occassions you have played lately you have not been up to it and mistakes have crept in which i suspect is down to match fitness.
      Also just a word on BAE i dont think you should always read what the papers say these always get exagerated i think from a personal point of view hw has been superb for us this year and i believe his heart is at the club, cannot see him going anywhere.

    • ...it is a stark comparison to the King story. So keen to play that he's willing to go through more surgery to continue, even at the age of 31.
      I totally 'respect' Ledley for the way he comes across and his attitude towards the game. Good man.

      I just hope Spurs stand by him when they/he finally decides his playing days are over. Personally, I think he should have stood aside a couple of seasons back, but the man obviously loves playing so much he's willing to run the risk of permanent injury.

    • Joe,
      I read an earlier article from BAE in the mail some months back - I am not sure what to make of him.
      I think though, that all supporters want players to have the same enthusiasm for the club that they have. I honestly don't think its been that way for decades - maybe not even in my lifetime (and I'm ooooold) - maybe in the early days when players were 'local'.
      Maybe a player or two still end up playing for their childhood dream club, but the majority just play where ever they can - so it is no different to any job. A player may then find a place where they feel at home, but if the manager then changes, or the squad is overhauled, then they're no different top you and me being in a job and finding things changing around them. They move - for a variety of motives. Some just want to play and not sit on the bench, some just want the money, some want the glory of silverware (whether they play to earn them or not).
      Maybe BAE is just toooo honest for his own good and just says whet he feels? Not endearing to the fans, but I would guess a fair few players are just there for the same reasons, but just don't say it. To me, I honestly don't care what he says (re his motivation), as long as he plays well and gives 100% while playing for us.

    • So, what I read out of this is that BAE would like to sleep with hookers

    • Your views people, please?:

      Benny interview

      Tottenham may not qualify for the Champions league, it seems that the team is having trouble qualifying for the competition?

      The core of the team was in place when Redknapp arrived. People can expect too much too quickly. As one says “Rome was not built in a day” and I think that the more years pass, the more powerful we'll be. This year we began the season at full speed but we have struggled to manage recently. We started the season at 200% but the problem is that we are ending it at 80%. Next year, for the players who are there and if I am still there, we'll need to be more consistent

      If you're not winning titles with your club, do you want to move?

      During the season, I had a discussion with my president (Daniel Levy), he said to me that if a large club made me an offer, I could sit down to discuss it. Of course, he added that the transfer would not be cheap! But he has not closed the door. I do not know what will happen in the future. For me, to gain titles is cool but I'd prefer to earn money (laughter).

      You've been at Tottenham since 2006?

      Yes. When you know everyone in a club you have made it your home but you do want to acheive things and evolve. For two or three years, Tottenham have roughly finished in the same position (fourth in 2010, fifth in 2011). If there is a change in Tottenham, like additional resources, I will not be against the idea of staying. Otherwise, I will try to evolve as I did moving from Lens to Tottenham.

      Where would you go?

      Spain, Italy, Germany, the grass is always greener!
      Is there any club you dream of playing for?
      Frankly no. I prefer to focus on the city and it is really very good in London. And plus I'm spoilt for choice with the London clubs.

      Arsenal have problems with left-backs....
      (Interrupting) They mainly have problems with Tottenham (laughter). This transfer is not possible.

      Would you return to France to play football?

      Imagine while playing in England, you have derbies against Arsenal, Fulham, Chelsea, and West Ham if they are promoted. You have games against both Manchesters, Liverpool and even Aston Villa who are a good team. That's already 16 big matches in the season. In France you go to Ajaccio and to have bananas thrown at you and are called a dirty black? Seriously, you play against Marseille, Lyon, Montpellier and Paris. There are four teams in France. And even if there are clubs at the moment that are trendy and could make me glad to sign there, it'd be shit to play in Ligue 1. League one does not make me dream.

      Is the idea is to play for a club that regularly participates in the Champions League?

      Yes. All players want to play this competition. A few months ago, I said I never wanted to participate in the Europa League, because this competition is useless. Clubs are desparate to compete in the Champions League, not the Europa League! If I have to leave Tottenham, is to join a club that makes the CL. With my president, it was a gentleman's agreement. He is a man of his word, if it's a big club, I hope he makes it easy.

      The recent scandal at the News of the World and the Murdoch trial showed how much the British tabloids have influence. Does it shock you that the press interfere with the lives of celebrities this much?

      Murdoch, the guy who was in MacGyver?

      (Laughs) No, seriously, the tabloids are important for those who like to read that kind of crap. Look how many guys go to hookers and just because you're pro football player you don't have the right to do that and your face should be in the headlines? As long as it is not with a child, he can do what he wants with his time.

      Noel Gallagher is a well known fan of Manchester city, are there any stars in the Tottenham changing room?

      Apart from the Tottenham no.32 , I do not know any…

      Make of it what you will..........


    • Good riddance; he never cared enough, motivated only by money. Couldn't count the number of costly mistakes he made no matter how else he performed. And whenever he screwed up it invariably cost a goal.