Jailed Steaua Bucharest owner blocks Spurs’ transfer bid for Vlad Chiriches
Eccentric Steaua Bucharest owner Gigi Becali has thwarted Tottenham’s attempts to sign defender Vlad Chiriches from behind bars.
Becali, best known for his racist, sexist and outlandish media outbursts against… well, most people he encounters, is currently serving a three-year jail sentence for corruption.
But he took advantage of the prison phone to block Spurs’ bid for his £8m-rated defender.
Manager Mihai Stoica says he received a call from his boss instructing him not to sell the 23-year-old centre-back before the Romanian side’s vital Champions League qualifier second-leg against Dinamo Tblisi on August 6.
Stoica claims Becali told him: “Who are Tottenham?! Do not do any transfer, my name is Gigi Becali, I’m not a slave to anybody! We have an important game in the Champions League, why can’t they wait?
“Until winter he will not leave under any circumstances. This could be a blow to Chiriches, but he should understand. He owes a lot to Steaua. Things are good, we are in qualifying for the Champions League. We are in good shape.
“[Tottenham] made a big mistake. They sparked anger in Gigi.”
Unsurprisingly, the deal – which was reportedly close to completion – now appears to be dead in the water.