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Hmm, should Tottenham have sold an England striker to Portsmouth?

That’s what many people are asking, after seeing Robbie Keane join Liverpool for a deal which could be worth £20.3 million to the White Hart Lane club. With the future of Dimitar Berbatov far from certain, Spurs are going to look pretty threadbare next season, especially when you consider that this time last year, they had the above pairing plus Jermain Defoe and Darren Bent.

The Sun report that Defoe feels sorry for the Tottenham fans, who have seen their best player move to Anfield this week, although should the Pompey striker have been released in January?

Asked if there are tough times ahead for Spurs, Defoe said: “I think so. It’s strange because obviously I have left the club and if they want to get rid of Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane, then it’s going to be difficult for the club.

“I feel sorry for the fans because I can’t understand why a club will get rid of their best players. That’s football and I suppose there are times when players have got the opportunity to move to a bigger club.

“It’s obviously a tough time for Spurs. It’s a good club and I still speak to a lot of the players there. They are all my friends.

“I enjoyed my time there but you know for each player there is a time when you need to move on. I was there for 3½ years.

“I enjoyed my time, I scored a lot of goals and the fans were good to me.

“No matter what, I will still have a piece of that club inside me.”

With hindsight (which is a wonderful thing), surely Juande Ramos would have kept hold of the England international for the remainder of last season, as he would be in the box seat for a place in the first team right now. Perhaps the Spaniard has faith in the likes of Bent and Giovani Dos Santos to deliver the goods instead?

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