By Tony Hughes
Matthew Le Tissier has revealed he agreed terms with Tottenham only to make a subsequent U-turn, according to a report.
The Southampton legend and Premier League all-time great told the Daily Mail how close he came to joining Spurs at the age of 21.
Le Tissier, who has launched football agency 73 Management, could have left Southampton on a number of occasions during his brilliant career.
It is reported that the closest he came was in 1990 when he settled personal terms with Tottenham, only to change his mind.
By the time Sir Alex Ferguson made enquiries about bringing Le Tissier to Manchester United later in his career, the Scot was told not to bother.
Le Tissier revealed that the only time he might have done anything differently is when Hoddle — then Chelsea manager and the former playmaker’s idol — was on the other end of the phone in 1995.
‘I said there’s no point, I’ve made up my mind,” Le Tissier told the Mail. “So I didn’t speak to him. Then he became England manager and left me out of the 1998 World Cup squad! Not one of my best career decisions.
“Probably what I would advise in that situation is just have a chat. Alan Ball was my manager at Southampton, I was happy as Larry. I just didn’t feel like I wanted to go anywhere. I’d scored 55 goals in the two previous seasons.
“It might have made a difference, might have meant we got off on a better footing when he called me up to the international stage. He became Southampton manager after the England job as well. Again, we were a bit fraught in our relationship.”
Le Tissier, now 47 and a Sky Sports pundit, spent his entire career at Southampton and is widely regarded as the club’s greatest-ever player.
In other Tottenham news, the club have revived talks on a £28.8million deal in a bid to thrash out an agreement.