"That's not too surprising, though, because he hasn't mastered texting yet. We'll talk soon, though, and I owe a massive debt to him.
"He had the bottle to put me in the West Ham team as a youngster and set me off on my career. One of the best things he ever did for me was to send me out on loan to Bournemouth.
"I wasn't sure at the time but he stressed that it would be good for me and it was the turning point in my career."