Experienced defender claims he turned down Spurs move in the past

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Besiktas defender Fabrice Nsakala has claimed that he turned down the chance to move to Tottenham Hotspur in the past.

Nsakala came through the youth system of French club AS Bondy before moving to Troyes where he made a name for himself. He was a highly coveted full-back as a youngster but his career has since failed to deliver what it promised.

The versatile defender, who is capable of playing at right-back, left-back or further up the pitch, struggled to establish himself as a regular in the Anderlecht since his move to the Belgian club in 2013.

Nsakala has since had a successful time in Turkish football, making more than 100 appearances for Alanyaspor before moving to Besiktas in 2020 where he continues to be an important part of Sergen Yalcin’s side.

The DR Congo international has now admitted that he had offers from both Spurs and Roma during his time in Belgium football but decided against making the move.

Nsakala told Belgian daily La Derniere Heure (as relayed by InsideFutbol): “As a player at RSC Anderlecht, I received offers from Tottenham Hotspur and AS Roma. However, I chose a different challenge.”

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Nsakala’s story is one of many in the world of football that demonstrates that players can fall off considerably if they take their eye off the ball.

The likes of Adel Taarabt and Giovani Dos Santos at Spurs endured similar fates while Dele Alli now appears to be at the risk of the same right now.

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