Former Argentine Under-20 star Federico Cartabia has admitted that he had a chance to move to Tottenham Hotspur as a teenager but was blocked from joining the North Londoners.
It is fair to say that the 27-year-old has not managed to live up to the early promise he showed as a youngster.
The winger came through Valencia’s academy and made a very good impression when he got his first-team opportunity in 2013.
He subsequently had loan spells at Cordoba and Deportivo La Coruna, with the latter turning into a permanent move in 2017.
However, after falling down the pecking order at Deportivo, he was shipped off on loan to Portuguese side Braga, where he struggled to make an impression.
Cartabia is now currently on loan in the United Arab Emirates, playing for Shabab Dubai.
The winger whose contract with Deportivo runs out next year, has now revealed that Spurs were interested in him after he impressed during his initial few months on loan at Cordoba.
In an interview to Olimpia Santa Teresa Instagram account (as relayed by Spanish outlet Super Deporte), the Argentine said: “And there I was wrong to go to Cordoba, they should’ve sent me to a more important club, because I had options and was 19 years old.
“Cordoba came from promotion from the Second Division and they created a responsibility for me like I had to keep the team.
“The first five games I scored four goals and people were talking about me.
“Tottenham called me, I remember, but an agreement wasn’t reached with Cordoba because they didn’t want to sell me.
“One of the many anecdotes that I have, I had the possibility but it did not happen.”
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Looking at Cartabia’s career trajectory since his failed move to Tottenham, it is safe to say that the Lilywhites will breathe a sigh of relief that the deal was not completed. However, you never know how things would have worked out for the winger if he had got the move.
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