Cash of the titans! Redknapp and Mancini trade insults ahead of Premier League showdown
On the whistle: Mancini traded insults with Redknapp
The tension between Tottenham and Manchester City rose dramatically on Friday as Harry Redknapp claimed anybody could win the Barclays Premier League with the money at Roberto Mancini's disposal.
Mancini hit back by telling the Spurs boss not to be jealous, and even offered to give Redknapp a loan as the two clubs prepare to meet at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Having already accused City of trying to buy their way to the title, Redknapp went further by claiming he would be disappointed if he failed to win it with the financial backing to sign players like Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez and pay them upwards of 200,000 a week.
'To be honest, you would have a chance,' Redknapp told one journalist. 'I'd fancy you to manage them. You'd win the league.
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'It's a different game when you buy players and pay them 250,000 a week. If I could have Tevez today … you ain't got to be a genius, have you I would have been very close to winning the league. I'd be very disappointed if we couldn't win it with that kind of money.
'I don't know about more than once. It's always difficult to finish above Man United. But certainly you'd fancy your chances.
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'When they started talking last year about Tottenham's bid for Aguero, I thought, “What a load of nonsense”. How can we afford Aguero We ain't gonna pay 250k a week. It's not possible.
'I don't think Sheik Mansour is too bothered about the 150,000 he saves a week (on Emmanuel Adebayor's wages while on loan at Spurs from City).'
Mancini responded by cheekily offering to lend Redknapp some cash, but he pointed out that Tottenham have also spent heavily over the years. Bizarrely, he also told the Spurs boss it is better to be jealous about a woman than about money.
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'He can borrow money from us if he doesn't have money,' joked the Italian.
'Harry isn't the first to say this. But they have bought good players. Maybe not like us in the last two years, but in the last 10 years they've bought good players and spent money like all the other teams.
'In Italy we use the word “jealous” for a woman. Not for the fact we're spending money.'
Redknapp also challenged Mancini over his habit of waving an imaginary red card on the touchline, and threatened to unleash his coach Joe Jordan if it happens tomorrow.
'I don't like it,' said Redknapp. 'I will set Big Joe on him. Joe speaks good Italian. He can talk to him.'
Mancini was unrepentant, saying: 'This is nothing for us in Italy. In Italy we move our hands. Only in England there is a problem.'