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Former Wolves star Matt Doherty says his dad 'didn't love' Tottenham move for him

Former Wolves defender Matt Doherty has revealed his dad ‘didn’t love’ his move to Tottenham Hotspur for him.

The Republic of Ireland international left Molineux in the summer of 2020, after spending 10 years at the club.

Doherty became a real favourite, and was a big part of the club’s rise back up to the Premier League and journey to Europe, having signed for the club back in 2010 from Bohemians.

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He ended his stint in 2020, joining Spurs for a reported fee of around £15 million (Guardian). The decision to sell was both praised and criticised.

Wanderers then made a move for Nelson Semedo, who cost the club at least £29 million.

And so far, the jury is rather still out on the Portugal international, who has good attacking qualities but is prone to lapses.

Without doubt, Wolves do quite miss Doherty’s attacking output. Certainly, Semedo’s numbers have been fairly disappointing for one that gets into such advanced positions.

Doherty has been speaking about his move to Spurs from Wolves, and revealed that his dad would have probably preferred him to stay at Molineux.

He said (Irish Independent): “I had been there for so long and would have regretted staying any longer. Every player is different. “Even when things weren’t going well, I didn’t regret it. I was happy to make the step. It’s a bit of an ego thing also, isn’t it? You want to say you’ve played for a top team.

“Tottenham choose 11 players every week, who are all top players, and you are one of those players. That gives you a good feeling. “My dad didn’t love the move for me. He would probably have had me stay at Wolves, but how could I say no?”

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Not long after Doherty made his move to Spurs, there were actually reports linking him with a shock return to Wolves.

He had struggled to hit the ground running, and was in competition with Serge Aurier and Japhet Tanganga for minutes.

But Doherty says there was never really any chance for him to return.

“I probably could’ve gone back to Wolves and said, ‘Give me a second contract’, but I didn’t want to do that,” he said. “And I saw stuff saying about going back in the January window, but I didn’t want to do that either.”