NIGERIAN defender William Troost-Ekong has revealed why he snubbed Tottenham’s Premier League rivals before moving to White Hart Lane.
Troost-Ekong is currently on the books at Belgian club Gent.
The Netherlands-born centre-back had a spell at Spurs earlier in his career.
The 23-year-old joined the north London club in 2011 – amid interest from top flight rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.
“I had already gone to City but not to Liverpool yet,” he revealed to Dutch outlet Elf Voetbal.
“I had in fact selected for Tottenham Hotspur.
“The club did everything to attract me.
“They flew my mother to London for talks and even wanted to fly to Nigeria to look for my father.
“They came to my school to arrange that I would rather have one day a week to train with older boys, and every day I was picked up with a taxi.”
Troost-Ekong never played a senior game for Tottenham.
He spent two years with Spurs before returning to Holland and joining Gronigen on a free transfer in 2013.