She didn’t know he was going, though they had talked, endlessly, about his inability to find work as a qualified mason, and about the relentless poverty in which they lived.
They had heard stories of men who had made the journey and come back with cars and money to build houses for their children, and Nabil dreamt of doing the same.
Tottenham, Manchester United and Real Madrid have all been guilty of it in the past. And yet few attempts to sign a player can have sparked the response that Sir Alex Ferguson's pursuit of Dimitar Berbatov brought from Daniel Levy.
In the words of the Tottenham chairman, Ferguson's comments, announcing he had made an offer for the Bulgarian, were "a blatant example of sheer arrogance and interference with one of our players".
But the champions of Europe and England found themselves hemmed in by something altogether more forbidding.
Tapping-up - the practice of asking a player if he fancies a move to a club before officially approaching his employers - is as rife in football as it is in life.
But it’s the man packing all that incredible goodness in that special space that I always fall for, the one well endowed with – brains.
I am equally a sucker for the man that really knows how to and is quick to go down – on his knees, in prayer.
What Nabil didn’t know—and neither did she—was that she was pregnant. The older children are nine and five, and Wertane feeds them by giving occasional lessons.
Just as Tottenham preyed on Crystal Palace to prise away the England Under-17 captain, John Bostock, and just as Madrid continue to lay bait for Ronaldo, so Manchester United hunt Berbatov.
The other lesson Levy might like to learn is that quotes attributed to managers, even with Ferguson's global fame, are to be treated with caution.
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