Keane transfer brings back Anfield memories for Mabbutt

ROBBIE Keane s move to Anfield was a timely remainder of my chance to join Liverpool in 1987. I got a call from Kenny Daglish, who was the Liverpool manager, the day after the FA Cup Final. He said he wanted to sign me. Kenny said he wanted to buy three p

ROBBIE Keane's move to Anfield was a timely remainder of my chance to join Liverpool in 1987.

I got a call from Kenny Daglish, who was the Liverpool manager, the day after the FA Cup Final. He said he wanted to sign me. Kenny said he wanted to buy three players, John Barnes, Peter Beardsley and myself. He got two of the three.

Back then Liverpool were the dominant team of the era. Although Spurs had a great season in 1987 I had been at the club for five years and was thinking maybe it was time to move on.

I spoke to Kenny and although the package they were offering was a lot more than I getting at Tottenham I decide to stay.


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I've never had any regrets despite the fact the team broke up pretty quickly and David Pleat left as manager.

In fact, there were four other clubs who wanted to sign me - Manchester United, Arsenal, Athletico Madrid and Leon.

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I spoke with Sir Alex Ferguson, George Graham and the representatives from the two foreign clubs. In those days I spoke directly to all the clubs without an agent.

The Liverpool offer was temping but I did not want to leave Spurs despite the disappointment of that season when he came so close in all four domestic competitions. I became Spurs captain and was skipper for the next 11 years.

But if I had left it would have been to Liverpool. But I saw Spurs as being contenders and it was not in my mind to go anywhere else.

It was a good opportunity but I was enjoying my football at Spurs.

GARY MABBUTT WRITES ABOUT TOTTENHAM'S PROSPECTS FOR THE SEASON IN THIS WEEK'S HAM&HIGH.

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