|HARRY REDKNAPP: I TRIED TO SIGN BALOTELLI FOR TOTTENHAM
Betfair: 1 July 2012
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Harry Redknapp tells us about the time he tried to sign Mario Balotelli for Tottenham and explains why he would have selected David Beckham in the Great Britain Olympic football team...
You never know what you're going to get with Mario Balotelli but one thing is certain - he is a major talent. He stunned Germany in the Euro 2012 semi-final and his second goal was fantastic.
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I actually tried to sign him for Tottenham before he went to Manchester City. I'd admired him for a while and I went over to Italy to watch him play. I was impressed and I met up with him too.
We wanted him on a loan deal but his club weren't keen and it never happened. Shame because he's definitely got it and, at only 21-years-old, he'll be terrorising defenders for many seasons to come.
One man who's at the other end of his career is David Beckham. I'm sorry and surprised to see that he hasn't been selected for the Great Britain Olympics team. I have to say that I would have picked him.
David has been a fantastic servant to all his clubs and a tremendous ambassador for football. He trained with Tottenham in January 2011 and we looked at signing him on loan when the American season ended. Putting him in the Olympics squad would not have hurt.
Fair play to Stuart. He's always been his own man, which is what you have to be if you want to make it as a top manager. It's up to him to select the best squad at his disposal. That's what he's done and I wish the team well. But I'll always be a huge fan of David Beckham.
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