Tottenham Hotspur latest: Sol Campbell makes controversial claims

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Former Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur defender Sol Campbell has been reflecting on his playing career - and his move from one north London rival to another in particular.

The England centre-back spent nine years at Spurs, before joining the Gunners, where he formed part of the 'Invincibles' side that went unbeaten for a whole Premier League season - among other things.

And Campbell says Tottenham didn't realise how 'big' he was going to become.

"George [Graham] arrived, it was clear he wanted Tim [Sherwood] as captain and I was like that’s not happening," he said during a Q + A with FourFourTwo.

"So they tried to work around it. I don’t think people realised how big I was going to become. I was 23, 24 years old and I had the strength and determination to say ‘no, I’m going nowhere, I’m an England player, I’m playing out of my skin – you might not like how I am but sorry, I am the future."

The 40-year-old also spoke of the experience of returning to White Hart Lane as an Arsenal player, where he received an extremely hostile reception.

"Football-wise, the crowd got me wired," he said. "I don’t think many in the game have played in one with that type of atmosphere, no chance. I felt on a different level – I was alive, it was an incredible kind of feeling.

"But on an emotional level, it was disgusting. Yes, I knew how people would react but that level was just... [shakes head] there were biblical kinds of flags contradicting each other... there were drapes everywhere... all those balloons.

"And the faces! It was like people wanted to kill me with their expressions. There were men, women, children, black, white, Indian. It was just like, wow. So emotional, it took a lot to get through the game and that day."

In his new book, Campbell also claims there were 'muppets' earning more than him at Tottenham.

"When I say muppets, I was talking about guys on three times more than me yet nowhere near the England team," he said. "They were on a great wage but not performing. I was on far less but I can say I was performing all the time – on and off the field."

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