Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira has revealed that Tottenham Hotspur tried to sign him a few years after he left Highbury.
The legendary Frenchman is one of the greatest midfielders to ever grace the sport. He consistently dominated games for Arsenal, and his quality and leadership is one of the biggest reasons why we were so successful back then.
After nine glorious years at Arsenal, Vieira left for Juventus in 2005. Four years later, when he was at Inter Milan, ex-Spurs boss Harry Redknapp tried to sign him, and the Frenchman has explained the story now.
Patrick Vieira: I said ‘no chance’ when Tottenham tried to sign me
Asked about Tottenham’s interest in him in 2009, the former Arsenal captain said in his press conference, as per Football London: “It is too far and a long time ago. I don’t remember.
“That was a period where I really wanted to come back to the Premier League.
“Knowing Harry quite well and admiring him as a manager, we had a conversation about different options but at the end, there was no chance of me coming to England and going to Spurs, no chance.”
The Insider’s View:
There was never any chance that Vieira would tarnish his legacy at Arsenal by joining Spurs. The legendary Frenchman’s first words in English were “Tottenham are s**t,” as revealed by David Dein. So, there was no chance whatsoever. (Balls.ie)
Vieira then joined Manchester City a year later, in 2010. He played 46 games for them in all competitions before retiring in 2011. The legendary Frenchman is undoubtedly among the greatest midfielders in the history of the game, and he’s now trying to conquer the managerial world.
Vieira’s Crystal Palace take on Tottenham this afternoon and he would love nothing more than to get one over them again. Arsenal fans would absolutely love that as well, so hopefully, his lads can get the job done later today.