Tottenham manager, Harry Redknapp, has revealed that he never wanted Jonathan Woodgate to leave the club, but was forced to let him go due to a dispute over insurance.
The centre-back has been plagued with injury in his career, and missed a large portion of his three-and-a-half year stay atWhite Hart Lane, before moving toStokeCitythis summer.
However, the defender has been impressive so far this summer, showing good fitness and glimpses of his old self.
Redknapp said: “I wanted to keep Jonathan. I wouldn’t have let him go, I asked him to come back to train but the secretary said he couldn’t because of the insurance. That was the problem.”
The Spurs manager heaped praise on his old charge, adding: “If he can stay fit he is one of the best. He and Ledley King are up there with the John Terrys and Rio Ferdinands of the world.”