Spurs legend admits visit to chairman’s yacht convinced him to sign for club

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Jurgen Klinsmann has revealed how a visit to Alan Sugar’s yacht for a coffee was enough to convince him to sign for Tottenham Hotspur.

Klinsmann had a fantastic relationship with Spurs fans during the two years he spent as a player at White Hart Lane.

The German first arrived at the club in the summer of 1994 and had a prolific season in front of goal, finding the back of the net 29 times (Wikipedia).

That earned the striker a move to Bayern Munich, where he thrived for a couple of seasons before completing a transfer to Sampdoria.

However, when Tottenham looked under threat of being relegated from the Premier League in the 1997/98 campaign, Klinsmann returned to White Hart Lane on loan and his goals helped the Lilywhites steer clear of the drop zone.

The 57-year-old has now revealed that his move to Spurs for his first spell was agreed in a matter of hours in Sugar’s yacht which was moored in Monte Carlo following his heroics at  the 1994 World Cup.

He told talkSPORT: “I scored five goals at the World Cup. If I had two more games then I might have maybe been top scorer but, unfortunately, we got knocked out in the quarter-finals.

“I had an offer from an Italian club, but I’d already played in Italy. I also had an offer from a Spanish club. And then, suddenly, I got a phone call and it’s Alan Sugar on the phone!

“He said, ‘I’m actually here in Monte Carlo on my yacht, is there any chance we can meet up for a coffee?’ I said, ‘Oh yeah, that’s 200 yards away from me’. I lived in an apartment building.

“So, we had a cappuccino, we discussed things for over two hours, and the deal was done!”

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There are not many players who can claim to be club legends when they have played for a team for less than two years but Klinsmann certainly can, given the connection he had with the fan base.

Some players just understand exactly what it means to play for a certain club and that was the case with Klinsmann at Tottenham. Rafael van der Vaart was the exact same.

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