Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Carrick's Fired Up to Prove His Point

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Carrick's Fired Up to Prove His Point

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MICHAEL CARRICK and Noe Pamarot are both determined to silence their critics after becoming the latest additions to Jacques Santini's Spurs revolution.

Tottenham unveiled the players today and both will be included in Santini's squad for the trip to West Bromwich Albion tomorrow night.

Carrick quit West Ham in a [pounds sterling]2.5million move to link up with former team-mates Jermain Defoe and Freddie Kanoute at White Hart Lane.

It was the end of a summer of speculation for the young England midfielder, who had rejected Portsmouth and seen a big money move to Arsenal collapse.

Carrick was understandably disappointed and now wants to show Arsenal what they have missed.

Arsenal had earmarked Carrick as a possible successor to Patrick Vieira, but when the French international opted to snub Real Madrid and stay in north London, they told Carrick they were no longer interested.

The 23-year-old said: "There were about five or six clubs interested in me.

The Portsmouth deal was very close to going through but then Arsenal came in and they speak for themselves.

"If you get the chance to go to Arsenal, you go. But that deal fell through and Tottenham came in and this has been an ideal move for me.

"Arsenal pulled out of the deal the day after the Community Shield game.

Obviously I was disappointed. But I could not allow myself to dwell on that. No one was going to hang on for me.

"The summer has been a bit difficult.

I've just been trying to keep a level head.

West Ham could not take the risk of me getting injured in games so I didn't play. It was disappointing, but I understand their reasons, and every time a game came up there was always something going on in terms of speculation about me."

Carrick was also criticised by Portsmouth when he told the south coast club that he was rejecting their offer in favour of a possible move to Arsenal. …

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