"I am Arsenal through and through. I'd never advise anyone to sign for Tottenham,"
"I can't have Arsenal fans thinking I am helping Tottenham in any way. The truth is I was talking to Spurs boss Harry Redknapp and he told me he was trying to sign Patrick from Inter Milan."
"I was very surprised because Patrick is like me. He loves Arsenal."
"I just said that Patrick would be a brilliant signing. But I also made it clear I would be shocked if it happened."
Mind you, all that Tel says is not gold. He seems under some kind of bizarre illusion at the moment which makes him think that Barca's recent success has been based mainly on developing their own young players:
"Just look at Barcelona. We won the treble this year and proved you can succeed by developing your own players and blending them with one or two expensive signings."
A bit detached from reality to say the least Tel. Marquez, Abidal, Alves, Pique, Toure, Henry, Silvinho, Gudjohnsen, Eto'o, Puyol, say no more. True they have four youth team products in their first eleven in Messi, Xavi, Iniesta and Valdes; but to ignore the fact that they have brought in a lot of expensive talent from elsewhere is rather disingenuous. After all when does a player become a product of one's youth system? If they are brought in at 11 years old, is that so different to coming in at 15? You see my point.