Tottenham star Jan Vertonghen has announced how he came close to joining north London side Arsenal.
He received offers from both Arsenal and Tottenham in the summer of 2012 however decided on the latter, costing around £12m from Ajax.
The Beligna has proved himself as one of Spurs’ key footballers, playing 237 games for the club to date.
And ahead of today’s north London derby have Spurs won 1-0 again Arsenal, Vertonghen said that his career could have been very different had he joined the North Londoners.
The 30-year-old ace told The Mirror: “It was as close as it can get.
“My agent went to Arsenal, I wasn’t there myself but it was very respectful and in the end, I had to make a choice and I chose Spurs.
“I chose Spurs and I think it’s turned out well. I felt I was joining a great team, with great plans and the personal chats I had with people at Spurs were great.
“I followed my instinct, my gut feeling and that’s it.”
He is yet to claim any silverware during his time at Tottenham, however, the Belgian is sure they are close to finishing their 10-year drought.
He said: “We’ve done very well, we’re building a great team with the manager and the new stadium is coming up. I am very, very confident we will win a trophy very soon.