Peter Crouch has lifted the lid on his 2011 exit from Tottenham,
The lanky striker explained on his podcast that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy didn’t want to keep him, and the tactics that were apparently used to force his eventual move to Stoke.
Peter Crouch scored 24 goals in 93 games for the north London club, said Emmanuel Adebayor’s arrival was a big factor on Spurs decision to get rid, and things got heated between himself and Levy when discussing his future.
Speaking on his new podcast, Crouch said: “It was just off the back of playing in the Champions League. I’d done well, I was happy there, we were settled, I didn’t want to leave. I had two years left on my contract with Tottenham.
“But Daniel Levi called me and said, ‘We’re bringing Adebayor in’. He didn’t want to keep us both. We had lots of similar strikers at the club, so basically it was one or the other.
“I actually spoke to Daniel Levi personally and said, ‘Look, I’m happy here’. It got a bit nasty. It got to the stage where I’m saying, ‘Look, I’m staying. I’ll see you in the morning. I’m not going’.
“Remember, I was 30 and they wanted £16m for me and Wilson Palacios. It wasn’t cheap. But he said, ‘If you don’t go you won’t get a squad number here next season’. He was just making it difficult for me to the point where I had to leave.”