Etienne Capoue has no regrets over his decision to join Tottenham Hotspur, and is confident the club will provide him with the platform to achieve his ambitions.
A number of Premier League sides were said to be interested in the France international ahead of the current season, with Arsenal and Cardiff City said to have had bids of £9million accepted. Liverpool were also linked with the Toulouse ace back in the summer of 2009, but he finally made the move to England when he signed for Spurs in August.
Capoue has taken little time to impress his new employers, although he missed two months of the season after suffering an ankle injury against Arsenal. Since his return he has operated in the heart of the defence as well as his preferred position of centre midfield, and he is fast becoming a firm favourite amongst the White Hart Lane supporters.
Speaking ahead of the visit of Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, the 25-year-old has revealed he has no regrets about joining Spurs, who are expected to challenge for a UEFA Champions League place this season. And the 6ft 2in ace is fully confident that the London club, led by coach Andre Villas-Boas, will help him achieve his ambitions in the game.
“It was the right decision,” Capoue said. “I didn’t know that (Liverpool) in particular were interested in me but I knew that English clubs were. I came to Tottenham because it’s a very competitive club and it’s a strong club. It’s what I wanted. I want to get in to the Champions League here and also I had the confidence of the coach and the French-speaking players spoke very well of Spurs as well.”
Capoue could once again be asked to play at centre-half against the Reds, when he will come in direct competition with Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan international has been in sensational form this season, with 14 goals in 10 league appearances, but the Tottenham man said: “He is a very good player, an amazing player. It’s a good opportunity for me to show my mettle.”