Former Arsenal and Newcastle United defender Sol Campbell has told The Daily Mail that he finds it incredible that Tottenham Hotspur fans still have not forgiven him.
Campbell, whose last club was Newcastle, left Tottenham in the summer of 2001 and joined their North London rivals Arsenal on a free transfer.
The 40-year-old former England international centre-back has since been perceived as a traitor by Spurs fans.
Campbell, who also turned out for Portsmouth and Notts County, is amazed that Tottenham supporters have still not forgiven him for joining Arsenal all those years ago.
The Englishman believes that had he been out of England for 20 years, then he would have been forgotten by the Spurs fans.
“Some of the fans have moved on but they have not totally forgotten,” Campbell told The Daily Mail. “If I was coaching in America for 20 years, maybe they would.
“I am 41 this year and people who were perhaps five at the time I went to Arsenal, or were not even born, feel strongly about it.
“Who is perpetuating this? It is incredible. People have a mental block. The anger never goes away.”
When Campbell left Spurs at the end of the 2000-01 season, he made it clear that he was not doing so to earn more money elsewhere.
BBC Sport quoted the former England international as saying at the time: “My decision has been based purely on football.
"I will be 27 in September and need to be playing in the major European club competitions sooner rather than later.”
However, Tottenham claimed, as reported by BBC Sport at the time, that Campbell had demanded a three-year deal worth £20 million.