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BBC Sport's Mike Naylor
"He (Campbell) is believed to have turned down 80,000 per week"
 real 14k

Sunday, 27 May, 2001, 14:07 GMT 15:07 UK
Campbell: I'm not leaving for money
Pondering his future: Sol Campbell
Campbell wants to play in major European competitions
Sol Campbell has finally confirmed he is quitting Tottenham - and says he is doing so to further his career.

Spurs branded Campbell's wage demands "unacceptable" after learning their captain had turned down a club record deal potentially worth 80,000 a week.

But he insisted that a desire to play in European competitions was the main factor in his decision.

Campbell will now be free to leave White Hart Lane on 1 July, with Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and top European clubs all ready to fight for his signature.

And his agent Sky Andrews told BBC Sport Online: "Sol and I are going to sit down in the next few days and discuss where we go from here.


I have been at Spurs for ten years and my commitment to the club during that time is there for all to see
  Sol Campbell

"We will be considering both domestic and European options."

Campbell explained in a statement: "This has been the hardest decision of my football career.

"My decision has been based purely on football.

"I will be 27 in September and need to be playing in the major European club competitions sooner rather than later.

"I have been at Spurs for ten years and my commitment to the club during that time is there for all to see.


There was no room for flexibility in his demands... in the end, no player can be bigger than the club
  Tottenham statement

"My decision has been a prolonged one. This is because I wanted to give the club every opportunity to have inputs into my future.

"I would like to thank all the people at the club who have supported me and say a big 'thank you' to all the fans."

Tottenham said on their official website that their captain had demanded a 20m three-year deal.

Teddy Sheringham at a Spurs press conference
Campbell's exit coincides with Sheringham's arrival

They also revealed he demanded a clause which would allow him to leave the club on a free transfer if they did not qualify for the Champions League next season.

"For our part, we had made Sol an offer that would have made him the highest paid player in our history and one of the best paid players in the Premiership," their statement added.

"We are determined that we will be a European competing club again, but clearly - and sadly - Sol does not share that view.

"We wish him all the best for the future. We shall certainly miss him."

Campbell has already attracted the interest of Barcelona, with the Catalan club said to have offered him 100,000 a week to move to Spain.

Blow for Hoddle

Both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have also been linked with the giant Spurs skipper in recent weeks.

The news comes as a major blow to Spurs manager Glenn Hoddle, who had been hoping to persuade Campbell to stay with a series of big-name signings over the summer.

Teddy Sheringham became Hoddle's first acquisition on Saturday when he completed a free transfer from Manchester United.

Yugoslav international defender Goran Bunjevcevic is also expected to join in the next few days.

But while Hoddle had hoped to pair Bunjevcevic with Campbell, it appears he will now be more of a straight replacement for the England man.

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