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Tottenham’s Levy played hardball over Carrick’s Man United move, says Fergie

Date Posted,March 29, 2017

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Tottenham chief Daniel Levy played hardball over the sale of Michael Carrick to Manchester United.

Carrick, who will have a testimonial at Old Trafford this summer, completed his move from Spurs in 2006 for a fee of £18million.

He has gone on to make nearly 450 appearances for United, proving one of their most valuable signings of the Premier League era.

But Ferguson says that United were made to work to secure the signing, as Levy, who is notoriously tough in transfer negotiations, ensuring Spurs got the right end of the deal.

“I must say negotiations were very difficult and went on for ages,” legendary United boss Ferguson told MUTV .

Carrick in Tottenham action before his move to United (Photo: Getty)
Carrick proved to be one of Ferguson’s best-ever signings (Photo: Matthew Peters)

“I always remember I thought it was done and [former chief executive] David Gill phoned me on the golf course to say they want more. Typical [Spurs chairman] Daniel Levy!

“It was very hard to negotiate but, at the end of the day, we got it through and, ever since he joined us, he’s had a fantastic career.”

A Geordie by birth, Carrick was snapped up by West Ham at the age of 16 and went on to play with the Hammers until 2004, before his move to Spurs.

He spent two years at White Hart Lane before Ferguson picked him up – and the 75-year-old said that he knew straight away that he was going to be a big signing.

Levy was tough with the negotiations over Carrick’s future (Photo: Getty)
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