Spurs midfielder claims ‘it was hard to leave Palace’, despite stitching former club up

It’s probably the last things that fans of Crystal Palace wanted to hear. One minute, you have a young quality midfielder on the books, rated at around the £2 million mark, next thing a tribunal has decided that the player can move to a Premier League club for £700,000 instead.

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However, Setanta report that it was a wrench for John Bostock to leave Selhurst Park, despite his father seemingly playing an important role in ensuring the move to Tottenham went ahead. We’re not sure Eagles fans will be ready to forgive this act of betrayal just yet!

“I can’t believe how difficult it was to leave Crystal Palace,” he told Total Youth Football.

“I’ve supported them my whole life and will always love the club.

“But when we thought about the bigger picture it seemed like I might get a better football education at Spurs and we felt that was the most important thing.

“[Spurs] showed me the development plan they have in place for me and I was seriously impressed.

“They will train me hard and develop my strengths and weaknesses in equal measure, which will hopefully turn me into a key player for their first team in the next few years.

“It just felt right to go there.”

Palace chairman Simon Jordan has reserved the most anger for the FA, being critical of how they arrive at a player’s valuation. Indeed, this transfer has caused him to question whether he wants to be involved in football anymore, and who can blame him when star quality gets removed from the club for next to nothing.

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