Harry Redknapp has revealed three surprising claims in his new book ‘A Man Walks Onto The Pitch’, including the admission that he rates Paul Scholes as a better player than both Ryan Giggs and Roy Keane.
“Too small, you would think – can’t run, dumpy little ginger nut – but then the ball would come to him and he would dazzle you. He was the best footballer in that Manchester United midfield, better than Ryan Giggs and Roy Keane.”
Scholes is of course a Manchester United legend but it is surprising that he rates the midfielder as more influential than both Giggs and Keane.
Redknapp also revealed that one of his biggest regrets is not signing Barcelona striker Luis Suarez while he was Spurs boss and that Patrick Vieira could have been a Tottenham player in 2009.
It seems that Tottenham were unwilling to pay the £22.8m transfer fee to sign the Uruguayan striker. Suarez went on to become a revelation at Liverpool before sealing his summer move to the Catalan giants.
Redknapp has revealed the claims in his new autobiography A Man Walks Onto The Pitch, which is being serialized by the Daily Mail.
“One of the biggest regrets of my life in management is not taking Luis Suarez to Tottenham when we had the chance,” said Redknapp. “‘You’ve got to take him, Harry,’ Ruud Gullit told me. ‘He’s fantastic.’
“Just when I was on the verge of taking the plunge, the price went up. In the end he was sold for £22.8m to Liverpool. We wouldn’t have paid that.”
Redknapp also revealed in his new book that Patrick Vieira came close to joining Tottenham in 2009.
“I met him at his house in Hampstead and he had no fear about what people would think or what reception he would get. He had enough confidence in his ability to just brush it away,” the newspaper quotes Redknapp as saying.
“I remember talking to Daniel Levy, our chairman, about him. He said the crowd would be hostile. I knew that, but if he had enough bottle to want to put on our white shirt after all that had gone before, I thought it said something about the man.”
Vieira ultimately went on to join Manchester City and the former Arsenal great could have perhaps tainted his legacy with the Gunners fans if he did move to Tottenham in 2009.
Dan Dalton, Pundit Arena.