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George's Campbell warning

Posted on 20 November 2000  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

The Evening Standard carries a back page lead reporting that George Graham warns Spurs fans that Sol Campbell is likely to depart from White Hart Lane in the close season without the club receiving a fee.

The story, which is a compilation of separate interviews with George and Sol in the latest edition of Spurs Monthly, says fans should be prepared for the loss of the captain and a cash windfall.

"We know that even if we accepted a transfer fee, Sol wouldn’t go. It’s important that the fans know that," says George. "It’s all very well people saying we could have sold him for £15m, but that would never happen if the player himself doesn’t want to move until his contract ends.

"It’s time people realised that you cannot sell a player without that player’s permission. Sol’s stand is that he is not going anywhere until he sees his contract out. I can understand that, but what I can’t understand is not sitting down and listening to our financial offer — even if he turns it down.

"He says he is Tottenham through and through, but I think he should show a bit of courtesy by at least sitting down and talking about a new contract."

For his part, the soon to be returning Sol says in his interview: "As you grow up, you get a sense that this is your club and this is where you want to be. I want to win league titles and FA Cups sooner rather than later and nothing would give me more pleasure than doing that at Spurs.

"There are six months to go and I will play for Tottenham all day long."