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Pleat on Blondel

Posted on 30 January 2004  - 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).

David Pleat says he hasn't shut the door at Spurs to departed midfielder Jonathan Blondel.

The Belgian youngster's permanent transfer to Club Bruges was completed today.

Director of football and acting boss David, speaking after training this afternoon, insisted we would monitor the 19-year-old's progress and there was always the possibility we could go back in for him.

"Jonathan is a player I admire immensely, " reflected David. "I saw him three times, thought he was a real talent and still believe he is a real talent.

"He came here and got a full Belgian cap soon after, played superbly well against PSV's first team, set up a goal against Southampton but he needed to kick on.

"John Jackson had been on loan, got a few games and league experience under his belt and therefore got ahead of him.

"If Jon had taken two of three opportunities to go on loan and done well I'm quite sure our image of him would have been advanced. But he didn't want to go.

"Nevertheless, he is a very good one-touch player, a skilful player and it's interesting - we'll see what he's like when he's 25.

"Perhaps the power of game here proved a stumbling block but there is no denying his talent.

"He goes back with our best wishes and we'll keep an eye on the situation. Should he develop and emerge and become a wonderful player there is nothing to stop us going back in for him."