Former Argentina and Inter Milan striker, Diego Milito, has spoken about how he almost joined Tottenham Hotspur back in 2008 before he opted to rejoin Italian side Genoa instead.
Tottenham may not have had much success in recent years, but having top attacking talent has never been an issue for the North London club.
From Harry Kane, to Gareth Bale, and Jermain Defoe, goals haven’t been hard to come by at Spurs. There was almost a different name to add to that list, though, had Diego Milito gone ahead with his proposed move to N17.
During his playing days, Milito scored 250 career goals in Italy, Spain, and his native Argentina (Transfermarkt). He even won the Champions League with Inter Milan, but it was Genoa where his heart truly lied, it seems.
Why did Diego Milito reject Spurs?
In a new interview (relayed by L’Interista), Milito explained just how close he was to joining Spurs, and why he opted to return to Genoa instead.
He said: “That was an incredible scene, who knows what would have happened if I hadn’t gone to Genoa. Those weeks were very hard because I almost had a deal with Tottenham, who I like for Ardiles and [Ricky] Villa. Yet, I don’t know why, I wasn’t totally happy and satisfied.
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“One day before the market closed, Preziosi called me and asked me: ‘would you like to go back to Genoa?’ According to my wife, my face was transformed.
“I felt I had to return to Genoa to finish a path. I’ve always made choices with my heart, we did the whole negotiation quickly and I told the president of Zaragoza that I just wanted to return to the Grifone.”
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Fair play, sometimes a move just feels right, and you have to go with your instincts. It’s a shame, though, as Milito was a very talented player and I’d have loved to see what he could do in England.