The Daily Star ( Yeah I know, I know) is saying today :
TOTTENHAM are set to offer Brazilian star Paulinho a contract extension to fend off interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Paulinho, who only joined the club in the summer from Corinthians in a £17m transfer, has been attracting interest from Madrid after an impressive start to his Spurs career. However according to reports in Brazil, Spurs are already working on extending his current contract which expires in 2017.
It may well be rubbish but it does cause some points for discussion…
1) Do you think he has done enough in his appearances to warrant this ‘extra insurance’ policy of a contract extension being offered so soon since his signing ?
2) Does extending a contract have any real ‘holding’ value in modern day football or is it just a way of ensuring more money has to be paid by any club wanting to sign him ? (Shrewd Mr Levy). ?
3) Why should we be concerned about a Real Madrid threat if we have this ‘mutual agreement’ with them ?? Let’s face facts… it really doesn’t exist following the GB saga and needs to be officially declared dead and buried. Everyone has a buy out price and Real Madrid have no scruples about trying to find and pay it if they want a player that badly.
I have just finished reading Harry Redknapp’s autobiography “Always Managing” and whilst it’s more ‘froth’ than ‘beer’ there are some nice bits about his early days at Spurs and interesting insight into his time as manager of our great club. Worth a read.Follow @TrfficTottenham