By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Oliver Burke has revealed he snubbed Tottenham and other leading Premier League clubs because he was worried about how much he would play.
Spurs were given permission by Nottingham Forest to speak to Burke at the end of August but he shocked the football world by snubbing a move to an elite English club and agreeing to join Bundesliga new boys RB Leipzig for £13million.
The Mail claim in an interview with the attacking midfielder that Spurs, both Manchester clubs, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Bayern Munich were hot on the trail of the most expensive player in Scottish history.
But the 19-year-old was persuaded by Ralph Hasenhüttl, the Leipzig manager, and their sporting director Ralf Rangnick that his career path was best served by swapping the Championship for the Bundesliga.
Burke revealed why he chose a seven-year-old club in a provincial German city ahead of significant offers from the Premier League.
“I was going to visit Tottenham,” Burke told the Mail. “But I said no because Leipzig showed enough care and attention to the little details. For a young man I don’t want to go somewhere that is a big club but, really, am I going to play? Am I going to progress? Or are they just going to stick me out on loan, which happens a lot at English clubs nowadays.
“You can only look at your Chelseas, and see the amount of talent they have, but they’re all on loan, not getting used. You don’t feel wanted when you sign for a club, you’re there for two training sessions, and then they buy someone else in your position for double the amount.
“‘So for me it’s a no-brainer really. I believe here they made the point clear I was going to be a vital part of the team, which I have shown against Cologne and Dortmund. I don’t regret not going to the Premier League.”
Burke has settled in well at Leipzig, setting up the winner on his Bundesliga debut and two weeks later scored against Cologne.
This came after he began the season on fire at Forest, where he scored four goals in the first five league games of the season.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a Spurs midfielder has been demoted after Mauricio Pochettino talks.