Sevilla president slams Spurs

Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido appears to be unhappy following Juande Ramos’ move to Spurs.

Del Nido said: “I can assure you that we at Sevilla will pour all of our energy and all of our force into making sure that Tottenham pay the consequences of this situation, a situation that they have illegitimately provoked.

“We will do everything in our power and use all the means at our disposal to make sure of that.

“Here in Spain, we’re not used to treachery existing between clubs. Nowhere in European football has something like this happened before with the season under way.

“I will leave it for Spurs and their fans to take a look at themselves and define their behaviour.”

I can’t say I have knowledge of how Ramos’ move came about, therefore cannot comment on any alleged tapping up, however, I do wonder whether del Nido is blinkered, as it’s common knowledge that players are tapped up. For example, how many times do we hear the managers of Barcelona and Real Madrid commenting on players that they’re keen to sign? Very often.

I also find it bizarre that del Nido mentions Spurs fans, are we responsible for making an alleged illegal approach too?

In response to reports that Spurs could make moves to sign Sevilla pair Daniel Alves and Freddie Kanoute, del Nido says Spurs will have to pay their buy-out clauses, which reportedly totals £60m.

He said: “I doubt very much that Tottenham have the money to buy them. If they want to buy them in the winter transfer market they will have to pay their buy-out clauses. But Sevilla does not want to sell any of its star players.”

He added: “Tottenham will get the response from Sevilla that they deserve. And that response will be to channel all our energy into getting what we deserve after they have behaved the way they have behaved. The English clubs, who always seem to be looking at our players, should know by now that when we want to keep our players we keep them.”