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Berbatov Saga: Keano Knows The Solution

Roy Keane does not think Berbatov's sulking created a difficult situation for Spurs manager Juande Ramos: he would know what to do.

Berbatov obviously wants to leave Tottenham and join Manchester United and Juande Ramos asked for the clubs to resolve the case sooner rather than later as the team's performances will suffer. Keano offered him a solution, which Ramos described as 'interesting'.

'If a player didn't want to play for me, I know what I'd do - I'd drive him myself to wherever he wants to go,' said Keane.

'I've said it before, no player is bigger than any club.

'I had a player two years ago when I got my job, I heard he had been speaking to another club within a week or two and I just sold him. And off he popped.'

It would certainly cause a lot of amusement within the ranks at Old Trafford if Ramos and Berbatov appeared outside the stadium, the former pushing the latter inside the door with a quick farewell.

However, Keano's tempting offer is impossible at a club like Spurs which is run the continental way: the chairman and their incompetent sporting director are responsible for the transfer business. So, while Ramos might be keen on actually acting on Roy's words, he cannot really do anything but wait.

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 25 2008

Time: 4:31PM

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Read this this morning myself. Typical Keane - good on you. Only hope Ramos does what he says - but he doesn't have to drive him, I'm sure United would be more than happy to pick him up!!
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25/08/2008 16:36:00

Roy Keane has been a revelation as a Manager, pleased to see him doing such a fantastic job TBH, and Spurs have done good business with him conducted in the manner it is supposed to be conducted. Sadly the same cannot be said of his former master Sir Alex, shameful way to run a sporting team. Pay up or shut up
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25/08/2008 17:00:00

^ Its not as simple as "pay up or shut up" anymore.
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25/08/2008 17:08:00

Well you've already lost 2 points from not signing him earlier, how many more do you want to leak without him? 2 points last year would have lost you the league to Chelsea.
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25/08/2008 17:34:00

Early days....its a marathon, not a sprint.
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25/08/2008 17:40:00

Yes, exactly united4life, plus you've hardly done very well yourself while this whole thing has been going on!? Oh, and no, two points dropped last season would not have handed the title to Chelsea - we'd have still won it on goal difference :)
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25/08/2008 17:52:00

I really want Keane to replace Fergie!!
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25/08/2008 17:58:00

It IS a marathon and as Chelsea and Arsenal both's not going to be as easy as they might have thought. The top four will be losing a LOT of points this year
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25/08/2008 17:58:00

We've had a typically crap start to the season to be sure, Berbatov situation like a cancer. My point was that it's bad for both of us, not just for us. We have sold 3 players without any problems at all to Sunderland, Roy Keane conducts his business properly it seems to me. I am sure with an appropriate offer rather than an insulting one followed by a stream of 'Black Ops' learnt from the CIA, we'd have settled with you long ago, most of us now would rather cut off our right arms (or for the more sensible Berbatov's right arm) than deal with you now. But the inevitable cannot be avoided I fear.
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25/08/2008 18:06:00

It's true that we should have concluded the deal much earlier and I'm fairly certain that with Berbatov in the team we would have beaten Newcastle. But Levy is playing the hard ball and United are refusing to back down and pay up - it's a matter of principle it seems. Hopefully the Ł25m + added incentives will do the trick.
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26/08/2008 19:27:00

For some reason, it did not like the pound sign...
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26/08/2008 19:27:00

Although Levy played hard ball and said it would take 32 mil we would always of accepted an offer of 25 mil plus 2 or 3 in add ons because Berba has been doing more harm then good since the end of last season. It was such common knowledge I'm not quite sure why it took United so long to reach this conclusion because the saga dragging on has been detrimental to both teams (although United have an annoying habit of grinding out results as opposed to our beloved capitulation fad ;)
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26/08/2008 20:16:00

Wayne Rooney 31Million 4 years ago, a goal every 2.433 games and falling. Carlos Tevez reported to have had his loan contract bought out for 34 Million - a goal every 2.500 games. Dimitar Berbatov, sheer class, a goal every 2.217 games for Spurs (every 1.561 games for Bulgaria), and doubled Robbie Keane's goal tally with his assists - ARE YOU SERIOUS IN NOT PAYING 30 Million for Berbatov - Because I'm beginning to think Levy is serious about not selling for less, he's worth as much as Tevez and Rooney in anybody's estimation. I like ManU guys, my Bro is a fan, but the repurcussions of this stalemate could go on for years if it's not sorted with a fair transfer fee relative to fees being paid for other top players in your squad
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27/08/2008 01:32:00

Rooney is english and young, hence his price tag. Tevez is tried and proven in United during his loan year. Berbatov is not that young and there's no guarantee he will be success. The biggest discount factor must surely be becos the player himself wants the move badly, perhaps even more than the I am think aloud Ronaldo himself(tongue in cheek).
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27/08/2008 15:36:00

Rooney's goal tally may be falling, but he's a far better team player, and with Fergie promising to play him fairly this season, he'll be back among the goal. And, no, Rooney didn't cost us 31 million, we bought him for 20 something pounds, and it's rising on appearances, trophies etc. Tevez is expensive because he has all those third party things, and we have first refusal on buying him before 2009. Both these players are young yet proven. Berbatov might only have five years at the top at best; Rooney and Tevez have another ten years to develop. Hence the high price, because of their potential.
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