Tottenham left-back Sergio Reguilon has responded to Manchester United legend Roy Keane’s fiery debate with Jamie Redknapp prior to the win over Burnley last weekend.
Before their 4-0 thrashing of the Clarets, Keane and Redknapp were embroiled in a heated debate on Sky Sports about Jose Mourinho’s players.
Keane declared that the Mourinho’s squad is full of “so many average players” outside of top scorers Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
Redknapp, however, replied: “Reguilon is as good a left-back as there is in the country so I think you’ve got that wrong.”
Keane then goaded his Sky colleague by replying: “Is that why Real Madrid let him go? Why did Real Madrid let him go?”
To which Redknapp responded: “Does that matter? Just because Real Madrid let him go that doesn’t make him a good player? He’s a fantastic left-back!”
Keane eventually admitted that Reguilon, who cost £25million last summer, was a decent player. However, Redknapp’s anger meant the clip went viral.
Afterwards Reguilon reacted on Twitter by showing the video along with a GIF of Michael Jackson eating popcorn from his famous Thriller music video.
But now the left-back has broken his silence on the row and hit back at Keane’s comments.
“This is Roy Keane’s opinion but we have a lot of top-class players who can play in every team,” he said.
“We have the best players but thank you, Jamie, for defending me.
“It was so funny – he was really angry. I watched that and smiled a lot, it was very nice.”
Mourinho has his own view
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho had his own response earlier this week, saying: “I have huge respect for Roy.
“I love to work with him when I was at Sky, but independent of that, a winner like he is, I have lots of respect for Roy, and for his job as a pundit.
“But I’m not going to make any comments.
“Of course Reggy comes from a culture of very technical football. He was born and made in a winning club, a club that is always playing to win.
“Where since you are a kid you are educated in that direction. He goes forward, he is quick, he is creative, he assists, he is enthusiastic.
“But first season in the Premier League is normally not easy for a certain kind of player. I am very happy with him.”
Reguilon has five assists to his name in 22 appearances for Spurs this season. He is set to return to the starting line-up against Crystal Palace on Sunday night.