While the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Emmanuel Adebayor have been linked to the exit door of their respective clubs for much of the summer, the Robbie Keane transfer from Tottenham to Liverpool was a relative bolt out of the blue. When the Irishman was first linked with a move to Anfield, you just thought it was a slow news day on Fleet Street, although the rumours persisted and now the 28-year-old will be playing in red next season.
The BBC report that Keane is chuffed to be at the club he supported as a boy, but took time to pay his respects to his former club, who he leaves in the lurch.
He said: “I would like to place on record my thanks to the board, players and fans of Tottenham for the past six years, which were the best and most enjoyable of my career to date.
“I will never forget them. I would specifically like to thank chairman Daniel Levy for understanding, that, as a fan, joining Liverpool is a lifelong dream of mine and one I couldn’t let pass me by.
“I hope one day the Spurs fans, who have been brilliant to me, can understand this too.
“I have only good things to say about my time at Tottenham and expect them to go from strength to strength under Juande Ramos and Daniel Levy.”
Tottenham supporters, do you appreciate the player’s honesty on this one, or will it still be hard to swallow when the Irishman strides out in a red shirt to play against your team? Keane had arguably his best season in a Spurs shirt last season and he’s certainly gone out on a high after winning the Carling Cup last term.