Tottenham news – Mata reveals Spurs snub, Harry disappointed in defeat, Kranjcar defends Modric

Mata reveals Spurs snub.

Juan Mata has spoken for the first time about his move to Chelsea and has revealed how he rejected overtures from Spurs and Arsenal before finally agreeing to move to the West London club.

Speaking in The Sun he said: “I want to come to England to win trophies, and that’s why I accepted Chelsea’s offer. It was also a question of sporting achievement, not money. Arsenal and Tottenham were both interested in me but they do not compare with the Blues.”

However, Spurs manager Harry Redknapp believes it was solely about money. In an interview for the Daily Mail he said: “We were interested in Mata and were close to doing a deal. Obviously Chelsea can blow you out of the water wage wise, and then he changes his mind and they get him. It’s all about wages.”

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Harry disappointed in defeat.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp could not hide his disappointment last night after losing to Manchester United at Old Trafford last night. After a spirited first half performance he saw his side crumble in the second half and concede three goals.

Speaking to Sky Sports he said: “Disappointed, there was a chance to get something out of the game. After 70 minutes of whenever they scored there was nothing in it. We opened up a bit and suddenly we sort of went out of the game badly. I felt at half-time we could certainly get a point out of the game.”

Redknapp has to pick his side up quickly as they host Manchester City on Sunday.

Kranjcar defends Modric.

Niko Kranjcar has come out in defence of team mate Luka Modric and has insisted that nobody can criticise him over his proposed transfer to Chelsea. Modric has continually been linked with a move to West London throughout the transfer window and there were rumours of a third bid yesterday.

Speaking to the London Evening Standard Kranjcar said: “It is his decision to make and something he has to go through with the club. No-one deserves to judge him if he decides to go because he has given three fantastic years to the club.”

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