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Carrick Won't Be Sold

Tottenham manager Juande Ramos revealed he would love to buy back Michael Carrick from United, for a fee reported to be 18m.

Now, it would one of the most ridiculous transfers of footballing history. Spurs let go of Carrick because he was eager to join Manchester United and because Sir Alex identified him as a player who could bring some much-needed stability to central midfield.

His price tag was roundly ridiculed but then he answered by playing an essential part in our title-winning campaign. Many say he's not really good but that shows only lack of football knowledge. He's not spectacular like Ronaldo (dribbling and running at frightening pace) or like Roy Keane (whose tackles and presence were spectacular enough) but his solid passing and wonderful awareness brought a lot to the team even though there are people who will never recognize this.

He would certainly be a blessing for Spurs but I simply can't see any reason why we would sell him even though Hargreaves is impressive and Anderson's emergence has provided us with embarassment of riches in central midfield. But Carrick offers us greater variety. He might be vital against teams who park the bus at Old Trafford as his defence-splitting passes can find the way through the most crowded areas. His positioning is superior to even Owen Hargreaves so his future contribution may be huge even though injury has disrupted his season so far.

So I think Fergie will want to keep him, after showing remarkable faith in him in the first place. And what about Carrick? Will he trade Champions League football for struggling in mid-table? I don't think so. He's intelligent enough to realise that though he might no longer be automatic first-choice in central midfield but the season is very long and with all the injury problems we have he's bound to play a lot of games. And it's only down to him to show he can still do a job... but we should never deny his abilities are there: after all, the quarter-final against Roma was only seven months ago...




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 15 2007

Time: 6:45PM

Your Comments

We don't want Carrick back. Ramos has other players on his radar.
Real Deal
well i could quite easily imagine a spurs team with king in defense, carrick in midfield and berbatov up front.
onlyoneking
Think i'd prefer Xavi or Renato in the middle, thank you very much.(ps thanks for the 18m.)
ScottDaYid
As if Carrick would want to go back to that trash!
merlin
Its a made up story to fill up news space because of the international break and you are all mugs for giving it the time of day... Oh yeah whoever wrote this article has *****e grammar, typical northerner I would say but I am guessing you are probably from surrey
spurs
merlin you talk an awful lot but can't back it up. A midfield with Ballack, Sidwell, and Mikel should be enough to shut you up. Youre just a mug ********
WhiteHartSpur
We've got your 18million and you're not getting it back! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!
Shannon
Why on earth would Carrick want to return to spurs, it would be like saying he's going to join Bolton to partner Anelka and help get them into the top four. Hahahahahahahahahahhahaha
skylab
Skylab you are one sad person
spurs
If you do sell him surley your not going to get the money back you paid for him?
will it ever happen
I Lovce that the spuds try and rip the pish outta you for spending 18million, coming from the team that spent how much on bent!! what a bunch of losers!!!! lets be fair, carrick left cos he is realistic and has ambition! hence no need for the spuds anymore
SMOKIEJACK
SMOKIEJACK, I don't think your precious West Spam were thinking that when you tried to sign Bent. Oh yeah he turned you down didn't he. He realised he was joining a team that don't need a sugar daddy to pay perfetic wages and ridulous prices for average players. You really are a first class tosser.
Real Deal
Why would carrick want to go back to Spurs when he made it obvious he wanted to leave them last year?
dazza71
 

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