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Redknapp: Benjani refused to join Man City

Former Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp has spoken how they sold Benjani Mwaruwari to Manchester City.

In his new book, "It Shouldn't Happen To A Manager', being serialised in the Daily Mail, Harry recalled: "The money was also too good to turn down. His work-rate was incredible but he was liable to put a few balls down the M27 when he was finishing.

"We told Benji about the interest from City and he was unimpressed. 'I like it here, boss, I'm happy,' he said. We were: 'No, no. You should go. Manchester, big club, big chance. You'll love it.'

"We had to pretty much shove him out of the door. When he got to the airport he didn't get on the plane. One plane went, then another.

"I rang him and said: 'Benji, what're you doing?' He got on the last plane and we completed the deal one minute before the window closed.

"They loved him at City as well. He was a great lad. But £9.5million! Only Sven could have paid that much for him."

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