Date:Thursday January 10 2008
Former Cardiff City youngster and fans favourite Chris Gunter has spoken out over his dream move from South Wales to the bright lights of London, and the lure of European football with Premiership side Tottenham Hotspur.
Gunter only broke into the Cardiff City side midway through last season, and has by no means been a permanent fixture in the Cardiff side. However he had shown treemendous potential both for City, and playing for Wales. He was courted by Spurs when Juande Ramos replaced Martin Jol, and they returned with a firm bid at Christmas time that was too good for Ridsdale and co to turn down.
Fans were obviously disappointed at the sale of one of the club's brightest talents, and one who should have been a big part of the club's future.
Gunter spoke of his feelings so far to the South Wales Echo:
'The quality of training is, inevitably, higher. The facilities, the stadium. They are excellent. I mean no disrespect to Cardiff City in saying that.'
'It`s simply that Spurs are one of the top six clubs in the country, while Cardiff are working towards the Premiership.'
Chris Gunter also moved to clear up speculation that he demanded the move away from his hometown club. Rumours circulated that Gunter did not want to move, but was forced out as the club desperately needed the money from the deal. Other reports suggested that Gunter refused a new contract with the club and the club was forced to cash in on the player before he could leave for nothing.
Gunter re-iterated his respect and love for Cardiff City FC:
'I have never said I would not play for Cardiff and never would - it`s just not me. My agent went in numerous times to talk about a new contract. That proves I was happy to play for Cardiff.'
'I have supported my club since I was eight years old. The Bluebirds are my club - they always will be. Playing for Spurs won`t change that.'
Chris certainly looks an exciting player for the future. Cardiff fans can expect to see him playing regularly for Wales, and whilst we weren't in a position to see him flourish at the moment, he like Danny Gabbidon, James Collins and Robert Earnshaw before him can go on and impress in the Premiership.
Good luck Chris...
Date:Thursday January 10 2008
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