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Routledge lifts lid on controversial move from Crystal Palace to Tottenham

Wayne Routledge has lifted the lid on his controversial move from Crystal Palace to Tottenham.

The winger left Palace for Spurs almost 15 years ago.

He told Palace TV: "It was difficult for me. It was difficult. In essence, I didn't want to leave. I nearly left the year before. I didn't want to leave and it was a mix between Iain Dowie and Simon Jordan, the Chairman, who said: 'No, you're not going anywhere, we'll get something sorted out.'

"It kept on going and going and nothing was sorted out. I then got offered not a 'token deal', but a deal I didn't think was right, in all honesty. I don't think it was right. Without getting into the technical aspects, I was playing football but playing, on relative terms, not what I should have been. Fine, no problem, I'm young, whatever.

"Then I got offered something that wasn't what I should have been offered and I had multiple offers for more [from other clubs]. I thought the right thing to do was to move on and try to better myself [playing] with better players. Me and my family made that decision as a whole.

"Other people were getting rewarded to a way bigger extent and I thought: 'You've helped me, got me into this position - what do we do here?' It's like everything in life - if it's not right, it's not right. There were many things you look back on and think: 'That could have been different, this could have been different.'

"I think I remember a couple of days after it was done, and I said: 'I don't want to go. I can't.' I felt like, not that I'd let people down, but that I was leaving and we'd just been relegated. It didn't feel right."

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