Date:14th February 2012 at 8:09am
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I don’t know what you’d call this …an exercise in gun jumping or simply endemic of a football transfer rumour market that flat-lined a fortnight ago… but the call I suggest you resist making is to your lover asking for a Tottenham shirt with Hazard on the back for a Valentine’s gift.

Look, the good news is he was asked about us and he didn’t have to suppress giggles. My French is on a par with my English, but even I got that he was flattering about us. Acknowledged we had a great win on Saturday before an enthusiastic crowd, we’ve a decent squad that sort of thing…we’re on the up and up .

“Maybe it will be Tottenham. This is a big English club. I said I will go to England and there are very good players.

I have not signed anything yet. It will happen soon…

Spain is perhaps more my style of play but it must be either Barcelona or Real Madrid. It is therefore limited.”

There is a gulf here between this faint praise and him replying, ‘naturalmente’ when the Burger Man in Paxton Road yells at him, ‘You want onions, Colonel?’ 

The other issue is of course is that the boy ain’t going nowhere for free. Arsenal were linked with him on an almost weekly basis for the whole of last summer and as you can imagine, the rumoured buy out clause of €30m did nothing to speed up that deal. 

My suspicion is that he’s simply engineering a move after neither Cheatski or the lot from Woolwich anything much more than make equiries..

He’s undoubtedly perceived at least as a top, top player™.  So whilst it’s not a deal anywhere near as is being suggested/hinted at by some, it does rather reflect we’re almost a big deal these days.