Adel Taarabt opens up on almost joining Arsenal and troubles at Spurs


Back in the winter transfer window of 2007, Tottenham Hotspur signed a promising young talent in the form of Adel Taarabt from RC Lens.

He had only made a couple of appearances for the senior team at Lens but was quickly handed his debut by the North Londoners after initially joining on loan.

Unfortunately for Taarabt, he only went on to make 15 appearances for Tottenham after his transfer became permanent and eventually left for Queens Park Rangers in 2009.

Taarabt has now opened up on his time in North London to TalkSPORT, claiming that he almost joined the red side of the capital when he was a teenager.

The Benfica man claimed that he could have joined any of the big three clubs in any league across Europe before finally deciding on Spurs because of the youthful project that was sold to him.

He also admitted that he found it difficult to adapt in the first six months of English football, claiming that Spurs did not help him to develop.

He said (TalkSPORT): “I signed for Spurs because when I was in France, for us, we were watching the Premier League but it was the top four. Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Liverpool.

“But to me, it was almost all done that I would go to Arsenal and then after Damien Comolli, who was working at [Tottenham], convinced me to come.

“At that time I was playing at France Under-17s and I could have gone to all the big three in any leagues.

“When I signed I said ‘okay, I go there because the project that he showed me, they want to believe, they are picking young players like Gareth Bale, Kyle Walker, they want to do something really good’.

“But, obviously, the first six months to adapt it difficult for me. I don’t think the club was helping me to develop and finish me as a player.”

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