Agent explains Sol Campbell’s Arsenal move after fresh Lane plea

Date published: Thursday 4th May 2017 12:33 - James Marshment

Sol Campbell’s agent has explained why the defender left Tottenham for Arsenal back in 2001 and insists the ex-star deserves to be invited to attend the final fixture at White Hart Lane for his services to the club.

Tottenham play their final fixture at White Hart Lane on May 14 when they host Manchester United.

A number of former players and managers have been invited to the stadium for the farewell, but Campbell will not be there after not receiving an invite.

Some would say that makes perfect sense due to the acrimonious nature of his 2001 exit to Arsenal, and his status as a ‘Judas’ in the eyes of supporters but, as Sky Andrew, his agent at the time points out, he is Sol Campbell.

“I would like to see him invited. Spurs are a fantastic club – they’re doing great – they’ve probably got the best [starting] 11 in the world,” Andrew told talkSPORT.

“It would be great for him to be there for the last game at the Lane and for everybody to finish on a good note.

“It’s not Sol’s fault that he left on a free.

“You cannot place all the responsibility on the player. The other side have to dance to the tune as well and negotiate something.

“It’s impossible for a player to see out his contract, or it should be. You cannot blame the player. No-one should look at Sol.

“What happened, and this happens at a lot of clubs, is you get a player who absolutely fulfils his potential at a club.

“Then there’s a problem if the club isn’t fulfilling its potential as well.

“I can tell you it was such a difficult decision for Sol. He refused to speak to any club. January, February, March, he refused to speak to any club.

“No club in Europe can say that Sol Campbell agreed to speak to them because he wanted to sort out his situation with Spurs. At that time he was only thinking of staying at Spurs.

“In the end he thought his aspirations were elsewhere.”

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