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Former Spurs defender has a dig at Manchester clubs for ‘buying success’

Former Spurs and England defender Ledley King has had a dig at both Manchester clubs for attempting to buy success.

In recent seasons both Manchester United and Man City have blown most of their Premier League rivals out of the water in terms of the transfer fees and wage packages they are prepared to offer in order to secure a players signature.

However, King’s former club Spurs operate on a much tighter financial model and he believes this is the correct way for a club to build for the long term:

“We can’t legislate for other teams and the amount of money they spend on players,” He told the Daily Express.

“It becomes a tricky situation when you throw large sums of money around. For me, the club’s run the right way and the players are paid well.

“Players are still signing and renewing contracts, whether it’s the manager or Harry [Kane]. They’re happy about being part of this process.

“The club tries to do things the right way, build up. Maybe there are other teams out there that are willing to pay astronomical sums of money to players for success, but we’re building the success rather than buying it.

“When a club does that, you can’t look down on it. You can only appreciate the way the club is going about their business while competing at the highest level.”

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Despite often being criticised for not being prepared to pay the same type of salaries as their top six rivals, Spurs are currently in the middle of a period of unprecedented success.

Mauricio Pochetinno has guided the North London club to three successive Champions League qualifications and King reckons that the fact the clubs manager and many of their star players are often linked with moves to top European clubs is simply a sign that the club is heading in the right direction.

“If any team is coming after your players or your manager you’re doing something right,” he added.

“You always want them to do well. With that, you expect there will be obstacles along the way.

“The manager is building something, hopefully the stadium is the final piece of the jigsaw and once the team gets home they’ll be able to build some momentum to start winning things in the next five or 10 years.

“Hopefully they can become one of the top clubs in Europe.”

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