By Amir Mir
Dimitar Berbatov has revealed that Tottenham were the most “persistent” team who wanted to sign him when he moved to England in 2006.
The 36-year-old made a £14million transfer from German outfit Bayern Leverkusen over ten years ago as he praised the club for watching his every move.
At that time, Martin Jol was in charge of managerial duties at White Hart Lane, with the Dutchman adding the highly-rated player to his ranks.
Berbatov admitted that it was time to leave Germany as he realised that Spurs were “very serious” when they were trying to get his signature.
This is what the former Bulgaria international had to say about his move to north London when he was speaking on Goals on Sunday which aired on Sky Sports 1.
“I spent five years in Germany, so it was time to change,” Berbatov told Sky Sports. “To be honest, they were the team who were the most persistent, they were watching my games, coming to the games and constantly speaking with my agent.
“Sometimes you need to choose and say to yourself, ‘these guys are very serious, they really want me’ and the manager [Martin Jol], he wanted me as well. For a player, this is very important. That is what made me choose them and in the end, it was the right decision. I enjoyed my time there.”
There is no doubt that the White Hart Lane faithful would be intrigued by Berbatov’s comments and how he ended up joining their club.
He spent two years at Tottenham, playing 102 games in all competitions, scoring 46 goals and supplying 24 assists.
Berbatov is regarded as one of the best technically gifted players to have graced the Premier League as he proved on countless times.
The effortless player then made an unpopular move to Manchester United for £30million, winning two league titles under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Over the course of his career in England’s top flight, Berbatov scored 94 league goals in 229 games for Spurs, United and Fulham.