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Mido: Spurs chairman Levy blocked Real Madrid move

Mido has spoken of the experience of signing for Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.

Speaking on the latest episode of the Sky Sports Transfer Talk podcast, Mido discussed the details of his switch to White Hart Lane.

He said: "When I came to Tottenham I came on an 18-month loan at the beginning and I went back to Roma.

"Paletti was the manager and Mino (Mido's agent Mino Raiola) said to me 'Mido, you have to wait until the last week of the transfer period'.

"I was like 'no, I want to go back to Tottenham'.

"Daniel Levy was on the phone to me and Martin Jol was on the phone and then I remembered Berbatov in the first two or three games didn't play well.

"Martin Jol panicked and was like 'you have to come back, you have to come back' so after the Super game against Inter I want to go tomorrow to Tottenham, you finish this deal.

"Anyway, Daniel Levy came to Roma on easyJet. It's true! We arrived after we signed the deal and Mino was like come on, run, run, run I thought it came with a private jet.

"He said 'no, to get a good seat'. But that's Daniel Levy, it's the key to his success isn't it?

"When we arrived to Stansted airport, Mino was like 'don't sign, don't sign'. I nearly signed behind Mino's back, actually.

"He was there with me but he didn't want me to go."

Mido then revealed Real Madrid tried to hijack his switch to Tottenham at the 11th hour.

He added: "We landed at Stansted and Fabio Capello was the manager of Real Madrid and his assistant was Franco Baldini.

"When I landed there I had four or five missed calls from Mino when I was on the plane.

"I landed and called Mino and he said 'I told you not to sign'. I said 'why?' and he said 'Real Madrid want you, they want to swap you with Baptista'.

"I said 'I've just signed for Tottenham' so he said 'pass the phone to Daniel Levy'.

"He took the phone and Daniel Levy was like 'aha, he was laughing, and he said 'no problem, he's not going anywhere'."

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