It probably passed David Villa by when he spoke, that he was gushing admiration for a former captain of one of the side's trying to buy him.
Spain's all-time leading scorer was speaking ahead of Spain's 2-0 friendly win over Ireland in the early hours of this morning, as part of their Confederations Cup campaign.
He did not extend his lead at the top of the scorer chart, but neither did Ireland forward Robbie Keane.
Keane is Ireland's record goalscorer, with 59 goals to his name, six more than David Villa's 53.
Villa, speaking about the Irishman, said: "I admire him as a striker. I've always considered him an exceptional talent.
"He's been scoring goals for his nation for a long time now. When you can keep scoring for such a long time then that must be down to something".
"He's a very intelligent player, always thinking about scoring. He's fast, natural, is good at losing opponents and can score with both feet. Despite not being the tallest, he's dangerous with his head because he's good at reading crosses and losing defenders."
Keane is a player from Tottenham's past, having two spells at the club, now playing for LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer.
Villa's future is a little less certain. Tottenham have been linked with a bid for the 31-year-old Barcelona man, with Arsenal and Atletico Madrid also interested.
Stranger things have happened than the Spaniard popping up to play alongside Keane in MLS, or who knows, may be he will take the place Keane once enjoyed in the Spurs attack.
Spurs fans, how high on the club's priority list should David Villa be?