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Duff - The Truth of our involvement


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Having spoken to someone close to Duff I can confirm that we were indeed interesting in signing him but, as reported, we made our move quite late which may partly explain why we didn't make the deal happen.

 

The night before he signed for Newcastle (after he had agreed terms with them) Duff received 2 calls during dinner, one from Rafa and one from Martin Jol. Duff was never keen on Spurs as he was keen to get out of London and, having built up a bond with the Chelsea fans over the past few years, couldn't see himself playing for another London-based side in any event.

 

Rafa's conversation with Duff centered around tactics, his long-term plan and how Duff might fit into it. Rafa mentioned that he was keen to play Duff mainly on the right but that his place in the side was far from guaranteed week-in week-out. Benitez didn't make much of an impression on Duff and as a result he didn't contemplate turning back on the deal he had verbally agreed with Newcastle.

 

Perhaps Houllier's more persuasive, ego-flattering style would've paid dividends here? Rafa is a fine manager but is so focused on making us great again I think he may lack the nous to lick ass from time to time. In his mind a player must be mustard keen to sign for Liverpool or he's no good to him. Maybe he's right.

 

Having picked up a lot of niggling injuries over the past few years & also being a victim of Chelsea's squad rotation system Duff was simply keen just to get back playing regularly. He is so keen on playing that he regularly plays in 5-a-sides when back visiting friends & family in Dublin.

 

As an aside Man Utd were his top choice but they never came in for him. Apparently Duff was close to moving to them a few years back (from Blackburn) but the deal broke down when Fergie lost the head at Duff's representative being too greedy around his cut (surprising I know given Fergie's tendancy to spray money in every direction when agents are involved).

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