Tottenham transfers: Steven Gerrard flattered by Spurs approach
Steven Gerrard reveals that Tottenham Hotspur made an attempt to sign him over the summer
Steven Gerrard has revealed that he turned down the opportunity to join Tottenham Hotspur this summer after his decision to quit Liverpool.
The former England captain called time on his decorated Anfield career at the end of last season and chose to join MLS outfit LA Galaxy.
Gerrard has revealed that a number of Europe’s top clubs were interested in signing him following the announcement of his decision to leave the Merseyside outfit.
A few English clubs called but I wouldn’t play against Liverpool
The likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco and Besiktas all expressed an interest in securing the services of the veteran midfielder.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino also made an enquiry about the availability of the 35-year-old – but Gerrard turned down the move, claiming that there wouldn’t be the same “buzz” around the club.
Speaking in his new autobiography, which is being serialised by the Daily Mail, Gerrard said: “The first offer came from Besiktas, then managed by Slaven Bilic. Monaco were next. They came in strong. Paris Saint-Germain were also very keen. David Moyes called my agent a couple of times, to see whether I would be interested in playing for him at Real Sociedad.
“A few English clubs called but I wouldn’t play against Liverpool. There was interest from Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. It was good to know he still rated me. I was sure I could play in the Premier League for another year but there would not have been much of a buzz doing the same thing all over again with Tottenham.
“I was slightly interested in PSG and Monaco but how could I come back to Anfield if there was a European game?”
Gerrard made 708 appearances during his 18-year career at Liverpool, scoring 186 goals for the Merseyside outfit.