Club admits that defender was ‘eager’ to join Spurs

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Matt Doherty was officially confirmed as a Tottenham player yesterday morning, with the right-back penning a four year deal with the Lilywhites.

The right-back will wear the number two jersey this season, with Jose Mourinho conveying his delight at having the 28-year-old on board.

The defender admitted in his first interview with Spurs TV that he is excited ahead of the new challenge in North London.

According to reports, Spurs will pay just £13.4 million for Doherty, despite the experienced defender still having three years to run on his contract with at Molineux.

Some Wolves fans on social media are understandably perplexed as to why the club would allow one of their best players to leave for such a low transfer fee.

Wolves have now revealed on their official website that selling Doherty was not a decision they took lightly and that there was much deliberation ahead of the decision.

They also stated that the right-back wanted to take up a new challenge after ten years at the club.

The statement read: “Matt has been a fantastic player for Wolves over the years, and as a member of the illustrious ‘300 club’ will forever have a place in its history.

“His departure was not something we had planned ahead of the summer, but when the offer came in, we discussed and analysed it deeply with the coaching team and the board.

“We also spoke to Matt who was eager to move onto a new chapter in his career.

“Ultimately, we believe that this transfer is in the best interests of the club, and it goes without saying that Matt leaves with our best wishes.

“We thank him for his undoubtable contribution during his time here and wish him the very best of luck for the future.”

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While it is evident that Doherty’s desire to leave played a part in Wolves agreeing such a low transfer fee, I suspect the right-back’s agent, Jorge Mendes, had a part to play. Mendes has enabled Wolves to sign some top players for bargain fees over the years and perhaps this was the club’s way of repaying him by allowing his client to leave for a modest price.

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