Revealed - Is this the reason Spurs didn't sign £30m rated Real Madrid star last summer?

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Tottenham were strongly linked with a move for Real Madrid's Jese Rodriguez last summer.

Some reports suggested that Spurs could make a standalone bid for the forward while others suggested he would be included in the deal which saw Gareth Bale move to the Bernabeu last summer.

Jese has had a very decent season so far for Real Madrid so it creates the question of why Tottenham didn’t try harder to get him?

It couldn’t have been a money issue because Spurs used a combination of the Bale money and cash in the bank to invest in seven new players for around the £100 million mark.

Spanish newspaper Marca has given a slight insight into what may have stopped Franco Baldini, Daniel Levy and Andre Villas-Boas from agreeing that a deal for Jese was the way forward, citing his temper and short fuse as problematic areas.

“He is no longer that irascible kid in the B-team, who was so put out at not wearing the number 10 jersey. Throwing tantrums is now a thing of the past,” reads the report in Marca.

Football is filled with players who have tempers and a short fuse and they are quite often adored by the fans because they also carry egos and are downright entertaining.

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However, they can also cause problems within the dressing room, threatening team unity and the fine balance of calm that any side needs if they are going to have a strong season and be successful.

If his temper was a reason that Tottenham were out off from going for him then not much will be different now that Tim Sherwood is in charge.

Sherwood could well be interested in Jese’s quality but he’s on a long contract at Real Madrid, has recently become a father and Baldini and Levy will be involved in the transfer business that Sherwood does this winter and next summer.

The resurgence of Emmanuel Adebayor means that Tottenham aren’t under as much pressure to find additional attacking firepower this winter and Marca definitely suggests they have dodged some sort of bullet through not signing the 20-year-old.

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