Deadline August 11th, 2011. In Harry Redknapp’s office, I’m sitting with him. On the loudspeaker is Daniel Levy. The discussion isn’t going so well.
Levy is attempting to assassinate me. Tottenham wants me gone, and Stoke City has made a £10 million bid. The writing is on the wall now that Emmanuel Adebayor has agreed to a loan deal. Spurs are adamant that I will not play. Daniel informs me that I’ll be seeing the Potteries. Actually, I’m quite content here, thank you. Joining Adebayor is not an issue for me; my family lives in London, and I always give it my all. My track record is excellent.
I maintain my resolve, recalling my goal at Manchester City a year ago that qualified Spurs for the Champions League, and I am pleased with how I performed in that competition at the time. I return home, dissatisfied with the outcome of the discussions. I enjoyed my time at Stoke and spent eight pleasant years there, but I didn’t like it at first. Negotiating at Spurs is difficult, as Harry Kane has lately discovered.
The hours passed, and Daniel called again, this time with even more assurance. I won’t have a squad number and will be training alongside the kids. I’m dialing Harry’s number and inquiring about the situation. He was straightforward: he liked Adebayor but wanted to keep me as well. He did confess, though, that he couldn’t tell Daniel that.
Source: Daily Mail