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BillC79 2:13 Mon Oct 9
Dani on Harry Redknapp

Former West Ham loanee Dani has told of how Harry Redknapp once ruined his chances of playing at Euro 1996.

Dani spent a few months at West Ham during the 1995/96 season on loan from Sporting Lisbon, and impressed during his short stay.

He scored two goals in nine Premier League games, and was on the verge of making Portugal’s squad for Euro 96.

But Redknapp ruined his chances by refusing to play the then-teenager in an effort to bring his value down for an eventual permanent transfer.

“I debuted with the Portuguese national team, in a matchday at the Parc des Prince and Wembley, against France and England respectively,” Dani told Tribuna Expresso.

“The manager told me he was counting on calling me up for Euro 96, to be played in England, due to how well I was performing for West Ham. If I carried on like that, he’d take me – I was excited.

“West Ham had the option to buy me after the season on loan, but the price would vary. At the time in England, it would work like the stock market – according to how you performed, your price would increase or decrease. It made me feel like nothing more than a piece of meat.

“When I arrived they were 16th and afterwards we quickly climbed to 7th or 8th. But with a month and a half of the season yet to be played, we had no chance to get into a European spot no did we have the chance to get relegated.

“We had a training camp in the south of Spain, in which they spent the entire time drinking beer and playing golf. We went for a run like once or twice that week. The manager, Harry Redknapp, had the nerve to tell me: ‘Now I’m going to take you off the team until the end of the season, so your price goes down and then we buy you.’

Dani went on to play for Ajax & Atletico, before retiring in 2003.

“I asked him not to do that since I had the chance of going to the Euros and without playing it would be unlikely. His answer was: ‘I don’t care. I couldn’t care less about the Euros and Portugal. I want to buy you so I can have you here next season, so you’re not playing anymore.’

“I tried fleeing to Portugal, but my agent and my father convinced me to return. Redknapp didn’t get along with me or with half of the players he managed – he has a terrible image. His son, Jamie Redknapp, is great, but he isn’t.

“We didn’t have a professional relationship anymore. He started saying I was a bad professional, that I smoked and other things.

“And then I misbehaved – angry at him for cutting my chances of going to the Euros as an 18-year-old. I’d go to practices just for the sake of being there, and wouldn’t respond if he talked to me or demanded anything during reserve team matches. If I had to arrive late or to skip practice, I’d do it. I lost all respect I had for him.”

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tnb 4:51 Sun Oct 15
Re: Dani on Harry Redknapp
That was Porfirio.

On The Ball 3:11 Sun Oct 15
Re: Dani on Harry Redknapp


Ironside 2:26 Sun Oct 15
Re: Dani on Harry Redknapp
What was that goal he scored in the snow with the orange ball?

Chigwell 3:38 Wed Oct 11
Re: Dani on Harry Redknapp
If he really stood any chance of playing in the Euros, Sporting would never have loaned him out.

Tomshardware 8:42 Tue Oct 10
Re: Dani on Harry Redknapp
I loved him for the winner at Spurs, also scored a good goal vs Man City I think.

Private Dancer 6:32 Tue Oct 10
Re: Dani on Harry Redknapp
BRANDED 4:06 Tue Oct 10

Bore off.

LeroysBoots 4:11 Tue Oct 10
Re: Dani on Harry Redknapp
Redknapp will say

" he didn't pull up any trees did he, he was hopeless"

BRANDED 4:06 Tue Oct 10
Re: Dani on Harry Redknapp
I have the West Ham mag with him on the front. Hot with the birds and was one of the only one of those mags that went up in price. Must have been a lot of bird jizz stuck in those mags.

Eric Hitchmoe 3:30 Tue Oct 10
Re: Dani on Harry Redknapp
Who gives a fuck, Porfirio was better anyway.

cholo 8:30 Tue Oct 10
Re: Dani on Harry Redknapp


Sydney_Iron 6:01 Tue Oct 10
Re: Dani on Harry Redknapp
Looking forward to "Arrys" response, its not like him to be quiet on any subject let alone one that slags him off...................

Should be good.

deanjcrawford 3:30 Tue Oct 10
Re: Dani on Harry Redknapp
Pretty sure his debut was at home. I remember him coming on and trying to score from the half way line.

'Arry loved a Portu-geezer. Dani, Porferio, Futre...

joyo 2:45 Tue Oct 10
Re: Dani on Harry Redknapp
Stupid little playboy who cares what he says

Pagey 11:46 Mon Oct 9
Re: Dani on Harry Redknapp
At least Dani went on to have an amazing career once he managed to escape from the evil Redknapp!

What a pointless article. Dani probably banged anything that moved in Essex and it's easier to blame someone else for his failed career rather than himself.

Eddie B 9:52 Mon Oct 9
Re: Dani on Harry Redknapp
Keith Rowland and Paul Mitchell both signed from Bournemouth too.

Mr. Burns 9:43 Mon Oct 9
Re: Dani on Harry Redknapp
"Didn't he get the winner at White Hart Lane on his debut?"

Yes and I believe it was also Bilic's debut as well.

Alex Bunbury 9:38 Mon Oct 9
Re: Dani on Harry Redknapp
We signed Steve Jones back from Bournemouth for half a million as well.

The Dani story has a ring of truth to it but to be honest he didn't have a massive impact for us and his career after seemed to fizzle out so just as well a move didn't materialise

Didn't he get the winner at White Hart Lane on his debut?

PwoperNaughtyButNot 8:57 Mon Oct 9
Re: Dani on Harry Redknapp
Scott Mean

I’d love that transfer to be fully investigated

Eddie B 8:30 Mon Oct 9
Re: Dani on Harry Redknapp
ludo, that was typical Redknapp. Remember that Finnish fella who played for us, some huge African called Christian Bassila or something, Foe, and various obscure people we'd sign from Bournemouth and then sell on in a month or two.

Leonard Hatred 8:12 Mon Oct 9
Re: Dani on Harry Redknapp
One of West Ham's most HANDSOME players.

ludo21 7:47 Mon Oct 9
Re: Dani on Harry Redknapp
Aways thought it was a bit odd that one minute Dani was the next big thing (remember seeing him do well at Stamford Bridge) but next minute he just disapeared... story makes total sense to me. Redknapp is a dinasour that is thankfully now nearly extinct.

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