Player who retired last month reveals why he turned down move to Spurs

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Former Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc has revealed that he turned down a chance to join Tottenham back in 2005.

Boruc had a long and distinguished club career in Scotland and England, and also represented Poland 65 times over the course of his career.

It was during his time at Celtic Park that the goalkeeper rose to fame, serving as their number one from 2005 to 2010, and winning 3 Scottish Premiership titles during his time at the club.

After a brief spell in Fiorentina, Boruc then joined Southampton in 2012 and spent two seasons at the South Coast where he played under former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.

He then spent his next seven seasons at Bournemouth, serving as the backup goalkeeper for the majority of his time with the Cherries.

Boruc, who announced his retirement from the professional game last month, has now admitted that he had offers from Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester City before he joined Celtic.

The goalkeeper explained that he turned down a move to those clubs as he was worried about his place in the Poland team ahead of the 2006 World Cup.

He told The Scottish Sun: “I had Manchester City, Arsenal and Spurs after me and I remember speaking to Arsene Wenger on the phone.

“But it was just before the World Cup and I was desperate to play for Poland at the finals and I couldn’t be sure I would be first choice goalkeeper at any of those clubs. So I signed a new contract with Celtic.”

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Boruc’s decision was probably the right one as he would have likely been Paul Robinson’s backup at Spurs had he joined us in 2005.

While Robinson did eventually fall out of favour under Juande Ramos at Spurs, he was at his peak around 2005 and was still England’s first choice between the sticks.

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