With Dimitar Berbatov disappearing into the horizon arm-in-arm with an experienced Scottish manager, the Tottenham chairman has had a thing or two to get off his chest. Indeed, Daniel Levy gives his opposite number at Chelsea a run for his money when it comes to being charmless, and he’s come in for some flak from the president of Sevilla.
They say that what goes around comes around, and that certainly appears to have been the case with Spurs. There’s little doubt that the North London club poached Juande Ramos from their Spanish counterparts last season, despite not having permission to approach the Spaniard. Therefore, Sky Sports reports that Jose Maria del Nido has little sympathy for Levy after the latter finds himself having to sell his two star strikers to Big Four clubs.
“The way that Ramos flew the coop and abandoned his team en route to London last year totally disrupted our season and now I’m pleased that Spurs are being paid back in kind over the Berbatov transfer. Their complaints are hypocrisy personified,” Del Nido said in the Evening Standard.
Del Nido also hit out at Levy over his attempts to sign Spain international Diego Capel from Sevilla.
“For months now they’ve [Spurs] been trying to sign Capel and sending emissaries to try and persuade us to sell,” explained Del Nido.
“We told them what our understanding of the player’s worth was and therefore what the minimum we would demand in order to let Capel go.
“But it appears they couldn’t pay that price so they didn’t get him. I must admit that if it had been any other team (than Spurs) the price I’d have quoted to sign Capel would have been lower.
“In fact there is no point in telling a lie the price would have been considerably lower. Now they’ve missed out on him and we won’t sell Capel to Spurs.”
Seems like Tottenham are making enemies, with no love lost between them and Manchester United following acrimonious exchanges over Michael Carrick and now Dimitar Berbatov. Does the Spurs chairman have any right to demand that the Premier League change their system just because they are now the prey rather than the predator?