Sir Alan said: “I am absolutely astounded at Sol’s comments. They imply that the club has not been trying to get him to stay.
“This is so far from the truth that I am at a loss to understand what motivated him to say these things.
“We have had endless meetings with him and his agent, all of which were fruitless; each time the clear message coming across was ‘Sol does not want to discuss a new deal’.
“His latest comments make me, David Pleat and George Graham come across as idiots or even worse, liars.
“We have publicly stated many times that we are ready to sit down and discuss a new deal but we have been unable to get him to the table. Why on earth would we refuse to make him an offer? There’s no point making offers to someone who refuses to talk.
“We turned down £15m for him, this showed our commitment to keep him at the club.
“With the ongoing saga of Campbell’s future with rumours of him going to Manchester, then abroad on a Bosman, does Sol think anyone is going to believe what he is saying? Everyone in football knows we have been desperately trying to keep him.
“The fans are not stupid and he should not try to make fools of them.
“I am disappointed he has chosen the media to pass messages to the club. If he wants us to make him an offer we are delighted to do so but the fans must not be misled by his recent comments.
“They are hurtful and, for the life of me, I can’t understand why he has said them.”
Our chairman, Sir Alan Sugar, has responded to comments from Sol Campbell in which the defender, amongst other things, claims he has not been offered a new deal by the club in the last 18 months.