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Assou Ekotto On Harry, Jol, Comolli, Money & Badge Kissers

These comments are refreshingly frank. What a contrast to the usual cliche ridden guff we have to wade through about players aspirations and other lies. Well done Benny.

‘I am honest all of the time, although the truth is not always good to say.’

‘Why did I come here? For a job. A career is only 10, 15 years. It’s only a job. Yes, it’s a good, good job and I don’t say that I hate football but it’s not my passion.’

‘Is there one player in the world who signs for a club and says, Oh, I love your shirt?’ Your shirt is red. I love it. He doesn’t care. The first thing that you speak about is the money.’

‘I have a good feeling with [Aaron] Lennon and [Jermain] Defoe, more these two players but I have a feeling with everybody. I have a problem with nobody. But I have nobody on the phone, except [Adel] Taarabt, who is on loan at QPR and I know from Lens. I only call him. I don’t call footballers in my team. I don’t believe in friendships in football.’

‘Whatever attitude you bring to it, it doesn’t matter as long as you are 100% professional, the coach can say, ‘He is good enough,’ and you are prepared to lose a tooth or an eye for the club, which I am.’

‘Comolli, oh la la, la la,” “I have one simple rule; try to be a man all your life. I said to Comolli that I had a problem with Jol but he said it was all in my head. But then, after Jol left, he said: ‘Yes, there was a problem.’ Try to be a man!

‘With Jol, he had a hierarchy within the team, everybody didn’t have the same starting point. He also said to me that I didn’t smile a lot. Ramos was always picking little fights. He told me that I was too aggressive in training. I said, ‘We don’t do tennis, we play football. You think that we are in Spain but we are in England, my friend’.

‘With Harry, it’s cool. We don’t speak a lot and he doesn’t care if I smile or if I know who the next team we play is. If I do my job well, it’s OK. He is doing simple things that the previous two managers couldn’t even think of. He is straightforward and he doesn’t play games.’

‘It would be good for the team, the club and the supporters … they’d enjoy it. But for me, it would be just another set of games. When we play Liverpool and Chelsea, it’s like the Champions League anyway so for me …’

These comments were made by Assou Ekotto in interview with David Hytner in the Guardian, HERE.

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