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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 read more


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These are the suburbs where more than one home sells every day

first_img7 Washpool St, North Lakes. Picture: realestate.com.auIn suburbs within the greater Brisbane area, the equivalent of one or more homes sells for every day of the year.These are the suburbs where buyers are the most interested in securing a property and, as far as the top three suburbs go, they all have reasonably affordable entry prices.The masterplanned community of North Lakes has long held the mantel of most popular suburb for house buyers in greater Brisbane. In the year to February, 446 houses changed hands and the median house price sat at $479,500.Among current listings, you can secure a three-bedroom property at 7 Washpool St, North Lakes, for $465,000.7 Washpool St, North Lakes. Picture: realestate.com.auThe home, which is listed by Tony Wilkie of Ray White – North Lakes, has a fully equipped media room. The main bedroom is at the front of the house and has an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe.Next most popular suburb is Redland Bay, where 440 houses sold during the same period, and the median house price was slightly higher at $528,000.For less than this price, though, you can secure a four-bedroom, two-level home at 7B Bream Place, Redland Bay. It is listed through Dave Neilson from RE/Max Bayside for offers of $519,000-plus.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago7B Bream Place, Redland BayThe home has an oversized open-plan family living and dining area, and an outdoor entertainment area.It is in a cul de sac and offers a double garage, which has a workshop area that could be converted into a study.The third most popular suburb for home buyers in greater Brisbane in the past year was Kallangur, where 422 houses sold.The suburb has the most affordable median house price of the top three – $374,700.The owners of a four-bedroom home at 4 Papaya Court, Kallangur, will consider offers from $399,000 for their home.It is listed through Paul Swenson, of Stacey Lee Realty.4 Papaya Court, KallangurThere are polished timber floors throughout, an outdoor entertainment area and a swimming pool.The property features a home theatre room, a pot belly fireplace in the living area and solar power. It sits on 600sq m of land and is in a cul de sac.last_img read more