Matt Le Tissier has revealed that he came close to joining Tottenham in 1990, but he turned down the move.
The Southampton legend was a real one-club man, who only played for the south coast club as a pro.
The attacking midfielder, now a popular Sky Sports pundit, revealed that he was offered two big-money moves to Tottenham and Chelsea, but decided to stay with Southampton.
Talking on the Sky Sports show Gary Neville’s Soccerbox, Le Tissier was asked if he ever considered leaving Southampton.
“I came close when Spurs tried to buy me in 1990,” Le Tissier said.
“That was the closest I came. That was the team I supported as a boy. Terry Venables was the manager then and I got a long way down the road before changing my mind.
“A lot of it was due to family circumstances, I was quite young, I’d only had one full year in the first division and I didn’t think it was the right thing to do.
“I loved it at Southampton, the fans were great to me and I felt like I owed them something.”
Football Insider verdict:
They don’t make them like Le Tissier any more, mores the pity. The loyalty that he showed Southampton after giving him his chance at the big-time was almost unparalleled then and would be unthinkable now. Le Tissier was a brilliant player who could have walked into pretty much any of the big clubs, but he preferred to stay and do it where he was adored. That’s hugely admirable although he’ll forever go down as one of the players who we’ll never know how good they could have been had they moved. He could have been a megastar at Tottenham.
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