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By ESPN Staff

Spurs' Prince fires parting shot at Hertha

Kevin-Prince Boateng has hit out at the way his former club are being run, just hours after completing his move to Tottenham. The 20-year-old claims there is an air of authority around Hertha Berlin which effectively convinced him to leave when Spurs came knocking, despite his affinity for the Bundesliga outfit. 'It (the club) is still close to my heart, but I do not have a good feeling about them,' he told the Berliner Morgenpost newspaper. 'The ones who created an atmosphere have gone and soon there will only be soldiers at Hertha who stand up straight and nod their heads.' Indeed, since new coach Lucien Favre arrived in the summer, the major transfer activity has been players leaving. Yildiray Basturk has moved to champions Stuttgart, while Christian Gimenez left yesterday for Mexican outfit Toluca. Ashkan Dejagah and Christopher Schorch have also moved on while Kevin's brother Jerome is close to signing for Hamburg. Meanwhile, only Lucio Carlos and goalkeeper Jaroslav Drobny have arrived. 'I hope the people responsible can find a few more players after people were only leaving recently,' added Boateng. 'They have enough money through all the players they have sold.' However, Berlin now belong to Boateng's history and the Germany Under-19 midfielder is looking forward to rediscovering a pleasant atmosphere inside the changing rooms at White Hart Lane. He said: 'Spurs have a different attitude. They deal with young players differently and give me the feeling of being wanted. I did not have that in Berlin. 'I think that Hertha know my departure is a loss for them. They just don't want to admit it. 'That is what hurts me the most, that they can just let me leave like this.'