Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has said he was close to signing for Tottenham Hotspur earlier in his career, only for the club to go cold over the transfer.
The 32-year-old star joined the Gunners from Borussia Dortmund three years ago for a sum of around £58 million, with the Gabonese star becoming Arsene Wenger’s last major acquisition at the Emirates.
He was one of the most in-demand players in Europe when he sealed the Gunners move but he was lesser known back in 2013 when he moved to Bundesliga from St Etienne.
The Gabon captain did, however, hold advanced discussions with Tottenham over a transfer to the white half of north London.
Pierre-Emerick’s said he went as far as visiting White Hart Lane but the forward says Spurs ‘never called back’ and passed up on their opportunity to sign him.
Quizzed if he’d rather retire or join the capital outfit, Aubameyang said: ‘You don’t have to ask the question. You know it already, I would retire.
‘Even more [so] because a few years ago I was close to signing for Tottenham, but in the end… I don’t know what they did.
‘I was in Saint-Etienne I think [at the time], I’m not sure, or at the beginning of [my spell at Borussia] Dortmund. I don’t remember exactly. I came here, I went to the stadium as well, to White Hart Lane.
‘The day after they just never gave an answer, they never called back so I was like: ”Ok, don’t worry”, so that’s why every time I play against them, they know [why I am extra motivated].’