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Crouch on Spurs sale: I was told there was no room for me

Peter Crouch has recalled how he was sold by Tottenham Hotspur.

The former England international played for Spurs, Liverpool and Stoke City amongst others in a long career.

And the lanky forward has opened up on he was ruthlessly replaced by Emmanuel Adebayor at White Hart Lane.

He told PaddyPower: "I've been asked if players read about transfer rumours and worry about losing their place in the team.

"Well, the simple answer is yes. The manager would try to reassure you, but I remember going in to see the boss a few times and asking 'are you signing him, or him?' because of the speculation. On more than one occasion the reply would be 'no', but then come transfer deadline day I'd be sitting next to the person they told me they weren't signing!

"I guess it's all part of the game, you've got to try and keep the squad happy. And then when they sign their man, that's it – you're out. I always remember back at Tottenham how it ended for me there.

"Harry said 'we're signing Adebayor, and there's no place for both of you', so I had to move on. It's a cut-throat business, both ways. When a player is doing really well they say there is no loyalty when they want to move on, but the club are often as quick to get rid."

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