Tottenham midfielder Edgar Davids admits Michael Carrick would have struggled to turn down the advances of Manchester United when they came calling.
The pair forged a strong relationship in the middle of Spurs' midfield last season, helping Carrick to catch the eye of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Carrick completed his £18.6 million switch to Old Trafford at the end of July but Davids has warned the 25-year-old that he will miss his presence alongside him next season.
Despite the obvious disappointment of losing such an important member of Martin Jol's squad, David's has backed the move and believes the players at White Hart Lane can step up to replace the England international.
"People ask me if I will miss playing with Michael Carrick but I think he will miss playing with me," Davids is quoted in the Star.
"I'm happy for him because he has worked hard and when a club like Manchester United comes knocking on your door, it's very hard to refuse them.
"We will miss Michael but we have brought in some strong players."