Everton skipper Phil Neville’s principles stopped him from pursuing a move to Tottenham when manager Harry Redknapp came in for him in the January transfer window.
Neville said: â€œThe Tottenham thing didnâ€™t get close because Everton said â€˜noâ€™ and I respected that decision.
â€œIt was an unbelievable honour to be wanted by [manager] Harry Redknapp and a club like ÂTottenham, but it was also an Âunbelievable honour that David Moyes [the Everton boss] was never going to let me go.
â€œI could have kicked off about it â€“ and many players would have â€“ but thatâ€™s not my style.
â€œI have principles â€“ I have had them throughout my career â€“ and loyalty is perhaps the biggest of those principles.
â€œI know that other players would have put in a transfer request or thrown their toys out of their pram, but that was never going to happen with me.
â€œYou can call it naÃ¯ve. Iâ€™d like to think I am clever and sensible because putting in transfer Ârequests, demanding this and that, only works short-term.
â€œLong term, I like to think that you get your rewards if you stick by good principles.â€
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