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Venables blames Berbatov for Spurs' poor start

Terry Venables has blamed the “poisonous presence” of sulking Bulgarian Dimitar Berbatov for Spurs poor start to the season.

Berbatov completed his “dream” £30m move to Manchester United on the final day of the transfer window after starting the season at White Hart Lane. With Juande Ramos’ team at the bottom of the Premier League with only two points from six games the London club are in a state of frefall.

Former Spurs’ boss Venables has targeted the Bulgarian as the cause of the current rot: “Berbatov kept telling us he had "a dream" Well, good for you Dimi. You had a dream with a few extra noughts added to your bank balance."

“But did Spurs have a dream too? You got your way but your poisonous presence at the start of the season - the brooding and the reluctance to play - has cost the club that believed in you.”

Venables also laid some of the blame at the door of the management at Tottenham after they failed to sign Andrei Arshavin as a replacement for Robbie Keane: “This was a massive managerial blunder by Spurs, especially when they had allowed Keane to leave. But letting Berbatov and Keane go without having Arshavin in the bag was a boardroom blunder.”

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