Jurgen Klinsmann opens up on how he joined Tottenham

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Dom Le Roy

Few players have made as big an impression at Tottenham in as short a time as Jurgen Klinsmann did.

Despite spending just a season and a half cumulatively over his two spells at the club, the German is remembered extremely fondly by the White Hart Lane faithful.

Klinsmann won the 1995 Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year award for his impressive tally of 29 goals in the 1994/95 campaign, which subsequently earned him a move to Bayern Munich.

However, what sealed his legendary status in North London was his decision to return to Spurs two and a half years later when the club were on the brink of relegation. The striker’s goals proved crucial in helping the Lilywhites remain in the top-flight.

Klinsmann has now opened up on the special connection he felt with the fans at Spurs and admitted how he initially agreed to move to the club after a meeting with former club owner Alan Sugar on his yacht in Monte Carlo.

Speaking to talkSPORT, the former Spurs star said: “Alan Sugar, our chairman at the time, anchored in Monte Carlo and I got a phone call from him.

“He asked for a chat and I said, ‘Yeah, where are you?’ He responded, ‘Down in the harbour.’

“I walk down, literally 200 yards, to his yacht, and in two hours we had the deal done.

“Ossie Ardiles played a huge role, too. He was the manager at the time and to play for a personality like him was very special.

“The way the people welcomed me and the way things excelled on the pitch was amazing.

“I just felt so at home at Tottenham, with the people and with everything.

“That’s why I’m always back in London as often as we can.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Klinsmann was one of those players who was just a natural fit for Spurs right from the day he arrived at the club. The fans will always remember him very fondly and it is good to see that he still has a lot of affection for the club.

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