Matt Le Tissier has admitted the closest he ever came to leaving Southampton was when Tottenham Hotspur came in to buy him, he told Sky Sports Football Show.
Le Tissier made 270 Premier League appearances for the Saints, and in that time netted on 102 occasions (transfermarkt).
He told Sky Sports’ Football Show on 2/6/2020: “I had an opportunity to join Spurs back in 1990 – I was very close to doing that.
“I was a Spurs fan as a kid, so that was something – at the time – which was very tempting,”
The 51-year-old is best renowned for his incredible penalty conversion record. Out of the 48 penalties Le ‘Tiss took in his career, he scored 47 of them. (talkSPORT)
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“But I chose not to. To this day, I don’t have any regrets, whatsoever about that. I loved my time at Southampton, and I know that probably cost me a few England caps,” he added
Despite his reputation in domestic football and his incredible penalty record, Le Tissier only managed to earn eight England caps during his career.
Le Tissier almost joined Spurs in 1990 under manager Terry Venables but the Saints improved his contract to keep him on the south coast.
The Guernsey-born midfielder, also admitted he was offered a move to Chelsea when Glenn Hoddle was in charge, however, swiftly rejected any potential move to the Blues. (Sky Sports)
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A player of Le Tissier’s talent would have been welcomed at any side. However, as we hope Harry Kane will follow suit and remain a one-club player, you have to applaud his dedication to the Saints. The opportunities were there for Le Tissier and clearly he could have bettered his career, but he chose loyalty and stuck with his Saints.
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