Whether or not there is any truth in the Juande Ramos interview which is doing the rounds this morning, it’s still an interesting piece and one that’s well worth a read. Spurs will come across their former manager when they face Dnipro next week but the last man to oversee a trophy win has attempted to ‘lift the lid’ on his time at White Hart Lane and his dealings with Daniel Levy.
Firstly, the Spaniard looked at the sale of Gareth Bale and suggested that it was all part of the club’s business plan,
“Spurs sold Gareth Bale in the summer and with the 100 million euros they have signed five or six players. They will see if any of those players take off and then maybe sell them on and reinvest: that’s the business plan,” Ramos said.
“It works well but you have to ask the question: what are you trying to achieve? Are you trying to win money or titles? The sporting side is the priority at Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.
“City sign Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo. They don’t look at the age of the player, they look at the performances. Spurs look at the age, thinking of a future sale.”
The 59 year old then used Luka Modric as another example,
“I advised them to sign Luka Modric. He spent a couple of years developing and started performing well and they sold him,” he added.
“Why aren’t Spurs going to win the league? Because they are always a small step below those three or four teams. Economically it works well but in sporting terms it needs a slight tuning. What are you chasing? Titles or economic success?”
You could argue that the Daily Mail is a perfect vehicle for an article like this but is there any truth in it? If players of the calibre of Modric, Bale and potentially Vertonghen, Lloris, Eriksen and others aren’t in the Champions League then at some point there may be a battle to keep them at the club but is it ridiculous to suggest that such sales are all part of the ‘business plan’?