Jermaine Jenas said all of Tottenham Hotspur's players were intrigued by the club's stance on Dimitar Berbatov back in 2008.
Jermaine Jenas has lifted the lid on how Tottenham's players reacted to Dimitar Berbatov forcing his way out of the club in 2008.
The Bulgarian sulked his way to a £30 million transfer, and Jenas has told Yahoo Sports how his teammates did not hold it against him.
Far from it, Jenas claims the Spurs squad were intrigued to see if the situation would apply to themselves in future seasons.
He said: "He was just turning up to training to avoid getting fined, and his message to the club was pretty clear: you can tell by the way I'm training that you're not going to get anything out of me, so just let me go to Man Utd.
"The funny thing is, there wasn't a single player on the training pitch who held that against him. If anything, the lads were watching the situation to see what would happen if one of the world's biggest clubs ever came in for them. To find out whether we were at a club that wouldn't allow you to progress in your career."
Berbatov followed Michael Carrick to Old Trafford who had made the switch two years earlier.
Tottenham have lost big players since, most notably Luka Modric and Gareth Bale, but have this summer resisted advances for key men Hugo Lloris and Christian Eriksen.
Jenas added: "If one of the top Champions League clubs comes in for you at a certain time, you'd be daft not to do what it takes to get out."
The former midfielder makes it a simple scenario, but there are multiple factors which feed into a player's decision; including, wages, Champions League football, and trust in management.
Mauricio Pochettino appears to have his key players buying in right now, and despite what Jenas suggested was once the case, star striker Harry Kane has given every indication he would have no intention of repeating Dimitar Berbatov's actions if Manchester United came calling.