Heurelho Gomes Hits out at Tottenham Hotspur as Keeper Nears Exit

Alex LivieFeatured ColumnistDecember 3, 2013

SO KON PO, HONG KONG - JULY 24:  Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes releases the ball during the Barclays Asia Trophy Semi Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland at Hong Kong Stadium on July 24, 2013 in So Kon Po, Hong Kong.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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Heurelho Gomes has accused Tottenham of blocking his exit from the club on account of money.

Gomes arrived at White Hart Lane in 2008, when former Tottenham boss Juande Ramos shelled out €10 million (£7.8 million) to lure the keeper away from PSV Eindhoven.

The Brazilian was a regular in his first three seasons at the club, but he lost his place at the start of the 2011/12 season and has been a bit-part player ever since.

He spent a spell on loan at Hoffenheim last season, and it would appear as if he had the chance to make a permanent move to the Bundesliga club.

However, in an interview with the Evening Standard's Andy Hodgson, the Brazil keeper claims the club refused to deal on account of a desire to recoup the money they spent in 2008.

Speaking to Hodgson, Gomes said:

I often tried to leave Tottenham but they have always stopped me going. I had several proposals but they were insufficient for the club.

It’s very complicated. They want to recover the €10million they invested in me five years ago.

With Hugo Lloris and Brad Friedel ahead of him in Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas’ pecking order, it is likely Gomes will seek out a move in the January transfer window.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30:  Stefanos Athanasiadis of PAOK FC scores their second goal past Heurelho Gomes of Spurs during the UEFA Europa League Group A between Tottenham Hotspur and PAOK Salonika match at White Hart Lane on November 30, 2011 in Londo
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A move to Brazil certainly appeals to Gomes, who has his sights trained on the World Cup in his native land.

Talking to Sambafoot, via the Daily Mail, he said:

Yes, I have two offers from Brazil. I have negotiated with Tottenham to go for free, so the possibility is high that I will find my home country.

I’m 32, I feel good, it is at this age that the career of a goalkeeper actually begins. If I find the competition in January, I still think my chances for World Cup 2014 are high.