Carter-Vickers has said that he was keen to leave Tottenham this summer and he already knew before returning to the club this summer that the North Londoners wanted to sell him. 

Carter-Vickers had been at Spurs since the age of eight and made his senior debut for the club back in 2016 under Mauricio Pochettino.

However, the centre-back has not looked close to establishing himself as a valued member of the first team and has largely been restricted to a handful of appearances during pre-season over recent years.

The centre-back, who had a series of loan spells in the Championship over the last few years, thrived at Celtic Park last season, even being named in the Scottish Premiership Team of the Season (Sky Sports).

Unsurprisingly, Celtic took up the option to sign the 24-year-old permanently for a fee that could potentially rise to £10m (Football Insider).

It was reported earlier this summer that Carter-Vickers was also attracting interest from the likes of Fulham and Southampton (90 min) but the defender has now admitted that none of the Premier League clubs substantiated their interest.

The USA international told The Times: “I think I kind of knew Tottenham’s stance before the end of the season. 

“I didn’t really have to go back in the summer and speak to him. So, yes, it was quite easy, quite simple…if the clubs could agree on a fee. It was important for me finally to get away from Tottenham. 

“I was linked with a few Premier League clubs but it was never anything concrete and I was always set from the end of last season that I wanted to sign for Celtic.

“It didn’t happen immediately but it was still done quite quickly and I was delighted.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Tottenham’s decision to loan Carter-Vickers to Celtic last summer has been vindicated and the North London club’s hierarchy will be pleased to have got £10m for the centre-back.

However, from the player’s point of view, there is no doubt that he stayed at Spurs for a couple of years too long, and that has slowed down his development.

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