Swansea City manager Steve Cooper has revealed he did not have a say in the club’s decision to sell defender Joe Rodon to Tottenham in the summer.
Rodon completed his move to the North London club on the final day of the summer transfer window, joining Spurs for a reported £15million on a five-year deal.
Now it seems as though the circumstances behind the deal have become clearer, with Cooper claiming that Rodon made his desire to Spurs clear when he returned from international duty with Wales earlier this month, and that he had no input in negotiations.
Speaking about Rodon’s departure after his side’s 2-1 defeat at home to Huddersfield on Saturday afternoon, Cooper told the BBC: “He came to see me straight after coming back from Wales to let me know that of course he would be interested in a move to Tottenham. I wasn’t involved in the negotiations.
“I don’t make those decisions on amounts for players coming in or out. I just give my view and that’s what I’ve done. In terms of fees, salaries, contracts, things like that, that’s not my remit.”
Perhaps not surprisingly given his importance to Cooper’s side, it seems the Swansea boss was not entirely pleased to see the centre back leave, as he added: “I didn’t want him to go. Who would want one of their biggest assets to leave? Whatever I feel about it is irrelevant. He has gone.”
During his time at Swansea, Rodon made a total of 54 appearances in all competitions for the Wales based club.
Cooper’s comments here are certainly interesting.
The Swansea boss has already spoken out about his frustration at winger Kristoffer Peterson earlier in the summer, it seems as though he is not entirely happy about Rodon’s departure.
Given his importance to Swansea, that is something that is entirely understandable, but you have to wonder whether his comments about not being involved in negotiations will create tension around the club, or put other potential managers of a move to the Liberty Stadium in the future.
That being said, with the club also bringing in Joel Latibeaudiere and Ryan Bennett on deadline day, they have at least given Cooper cover to cope with Rodon’s departure in the centre of Swansea’s defence.