"People think I have a problem with Alan Shearer but I don’t and I think he’s an outstanding player. I was a pity he never came here.
"I’ve had run-ins with him, but that’s football. It doesn’t take anything away from what I think about him as a player.
"I don’t know him as a person, but as a player you’d have to say that he’s been the best player in England – maybe Europe – over the last ten years.
"Especially when you think of the injuries he’s had. The goals he’s got and the all-round package – he’s been great. I just wish he’d come here."
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