Dorian Dervite’s time in North London might not have gone according to plan but the defender has admitted that he is proud to have worn the Spurs shirt.
The Frenchman arrived at Tottenham as a teenager and it seemed as if his development was on the right track in his first few months.
However, not long after impressing on his first-team debut for the club, the defender picked up a long-term injury and failed to make another senior appearance.
Although the France U-21 international has not quite lived up to the promise he showed as a youngster, he has had a respectable career since leaving the Lilywhites.
After relatively successful spells in the Championship with Charlton and Bolton, the defender has had brief stints in Belgium, Dutch and Cypriot football.
The 31-year-old, who is now a free agent, has admitted that he looks back on his time at Spurs with pride.
He also expressed his delight at how much the club has grown over the past ten years since he left.
Speaking to Football.London, Dervite said: “I can see the club is getting bigger and bigger each year. I’m so happy for them, to see them developing.
“For Jose Mourinho to be at Tottenham now shows that the club is one of the top ten in the world because he would not go outside of the world’s top ten. The club is going places.
“I think Daniel Levy has to maybe give a bit more wages to the big players so they would be happy to come. I know something about that!
“He’s doing well though so I cannot say much, although we haven’t had a trophy since the League Cup and Woodgate scoring against Chelsea.
“It’s a matter of time though and the club is getting bigger and bigger each year. Let’s hope that next season, because we don’t know if the rest of this season is going to happen, they do even better.
“I’m so glad to have been part of this club. I know I did not do much at all but I wore the shirt and I’m really proud of that when I look back at my career.
“The new stadium and the new training ground are both amazing and I’m so fortunate to say I played for Tottenham Hotspur.”
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It is great to see that Dervite still holds a lot of affection for the club despite his career trajectory taking a nosedive during his time in North London. If not for his injuries, the Frenchman could well have gone on to establish himself in the first-team at Spurs.
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