Darren Bent has opened up on the time he was informed to get off a airplane by Tottenham which was set for a pre-season journey to China to be able to safe a transfer to Sunderland.
Bent was informed by then supervisor Harry Redknapp that he was surplus to necessities at Spurs in the summertime of 2009 and was free to depart the membership.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, a notoriously ruthless and profitable businessman, was solely ready to let Bent go on his his phrases – which led to a high-profile dispute between Bent and himself.
The talkSPORT favorite expressed his displeasure on social media on the method at which he believed Levy was conducting the deal and issued a foul-mouthed rant on Twitter in a bid to drive by means of the transfer.
Bent mentioned on the time: “Critically getting p***** off now,” earlier than later sending the message: “Why can’t something be easy. It’s so irritating hanging spherical doing jack s***.
“Do I wanna go Hull City NO. Do I wanna go Stoke NO. Do I wanna go Sunderland YES, so cease f****** round, Levy. Sunderland should not the issue within the slightest.”
And on Tuesday’s talkSPORT Breakfast, the previous Spurs striker revealed all – and extra – about that fascinating chapter in his profession.
“On the finish of my second season at Spurs after I knew Harry [Redknapp] didn’t need me though Harry performed me in direction of the top of that marketing campaign,” Bent defined.
“It was apparent he needed me to maneuver on as I believe he needed to herald Peter Crouch, so I believed [to myself] that’s truthful sufficient.
“We have been scheduled to go to China on pre-season on the airplane and all day I’m going there’s no level me going as a result of I’m going to signal for Sunderland.
“Even Harry was saying that’s proper, that’s proper, however Daniel [Levy] mentioned to me you’ve bought to go.”
He continued: “So we get on the airplane now the door shuts after which the chief govt comes operating again and he mentioned Darren you will get off the airplane now I believe a deal has been completed.
“So I’m sitting on the airplane and the doorways are shut after which they inform me I believe he deal he’s been so that you don’t have to come back to China.
“The deal didn’t get completed till they bought again, so I despatched that tweet out you understand about Daniel Levy – I can’t actually say on air what I mentioned.
“This was the frustration I believed the deal would have been completed. Two weeks later I’m sitting at my home doing nothing as I can’t go as much as Sunderland as I’m not allowed and I can’t prepare.
“So for 2 weeks I’m sitting there in limbo as a result of Daniel Levy is selecting the bones out of this deal.”