Matt Le Tissier has revealed a proposed move to Tottenham was the closest he came to leaving Southampton after being ‘tempted’ by an offer from the north London side in the early nineties.
Le Tissier is regarded as one of the great one-club men of English football after spending his entire career with Southampton, establishing himself as arguably the greatest player in the club’s history and a legend of the Premier League era.
Many questioned Le Tissier’s decision to remain with the Saints despite having the talent to play for one of the division’s bigger sides, and he has now revealed his most tempting offer when receiving a proposal from Spurs – the club he supported as a child.
“That would have been from Spurs in 1990. I was a Spurs fan as a kid – and that was the one that tempted me the most,” he told Sky Sports.
“They were the only other club I personally spoke to in my whole career so that would have been the closest [I came to leaving Southampton].”
Le Tissier’s career passed without winning any major silverware while he was capped on just eight occasions for England, and the now Sky Sports’ pundit has reflected on what might have been at Spurs, in addition to later interest from both Liverpool and Chelsea.
“Spurs got to the FA Cup final the year after I turned them down,” he added.
“[There was] Liverpool a couple of years after that, and Chelsea a few years after that were the other two that showed a decent amount of interest, but I didn’t actually ever speak to them personally.”