Jerzy Dudek reveals ‘furious’ phone call from Arsene Wenger after Liverpool transfer move

first_imgA furious Arsene Wenger phoned Jerzy Dudek after the goalkeeper joined Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Jerzy Dudek has lifted the lid on a ‘furious’ phone call he received from Arsene Wenger after he joined Liverpool instead of Arsenal almost two decades ago.The goalkeeper was desperate for a new challenge after spending five years in the Netherlands with Feyenoord and both Premier League clubs made their interest known in the summer of 2001. Wenger, looking to provide competition for an ageing David Seaman, invited Dudek for a tour of Highbury and Arsenal’s training ground before making a £7.5million offer for the shot-stopper. The Pole met Wenger before completing a move to Arsenal’s rivals (Picture: Getty)‘I went back to Rotterdam, then Wenger phoned me. “I’m really sorry,” he said. “Feyenoord want £10m and we don’t pay that amount of money, not even for a striker”. The deal was off, and I was angry.‘Then three matches into the new season, Liverpool came in and I moved to Anfield – for £5.75m. “What the hell is going on?” Wenger asked me when he called. “I offered £7.5m and Feyenoord said no!” I said, “I’m sorry – I had nothing to do with it”. ‘Joining Liverpool was meant to be.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalDudek would go on to cement his place in the hearts of Liverpool fans with an outrageous double save to deny Andriy Shevchenko at the end of extra-time in the side’s Champions League final victory over AC Milan in 2005.His iconic ‘spaghetti legs’ tactic – inspired by Bruce Grobbelaar – in the resulting penalty shootout, in which he denied Shevchenko and Andrea Pirlo’s spot-kicks, has also gone down in Liverpool folklore. The Pole also won an FA Cup, a League Cup and a Community Shield during his six years on Merseyside before joining Real Madrid in 2007.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Jose Enrique tells Kylian Mbappe to join Liverpool to make winning look ‘even easier’MORE: Rob Holding responds to rumours Arsenal could sell him this summer Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 27 May 2020 2:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Comment Jerzy Dudek reveals ‘furious’ phone call from Arsene Wenger after Liverpool transfer move Dudek is best remembered for his magnificent performance in Liverpool’s Champions League triumph (Picture: Getty)But Dudek ended up completing a move to Merseyside for an even smaller fee later that summer and an enraged Wenger responded by giving the Poland international a piece of his mind. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Arsene Wenger called me, and he was furious,’ Dudek told Liverpool Echo. ‘He was nearly yelling. I’d joined Liverpool, not Arsenal. After five years with Feyenoord, I was ready for a fresh challenge. ‘That summer, I’d spent a couple of days in London and Wenger showed me Highbury and the training ground. It was a beautiful visit – we agreed terms and shook hands. last_img

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