Dimitar Berbatov has revealed he left Tottenham in 2008 because it was impossible to turn down the chance to play for Manchester United.
Speaking to ESPN, Berbatov went into detail about how he came to join Spurs in the first place.
“My agent said we’d had a serious offer from Tottenham. I said: ‘Who?’ I was watching German football, not English.
“There were rumours of Man United’s interest too. I’d definitely heard of United, but they told me I was effectively a second choice if another player didn’t happen.
“So I took the offer to move to London, which I loved, and play for Spurs, who I grew to love.”
Asked why he eventually left Tottenham for Manchester United, Berbatov said: “When you follow your own path, you have to make decisions like this.
“I wanted to win trophies and play for the biggest club and the biggest club in England is Manchester United. They had been interested before and I thought: ‘If they come again, I’m not going to miss that chance.’
“My agent called and said that United were interested again. I didn’t believe him at first, but I trusted my agent and he said: ‘You can stay here in your comfort zone or make the next step in your career.’
“It was not a difficult decision; Manchester United were the English and European champions, they had the best players, they had Sir Alex Ferguson and Old Trafford. How could I not be seduced?”
I highly recommend reading the full interview, which is brilliantly put together by journalist Andy Mitten.