Mateo Musacchio claims Tottenham Hotspur’s offer didn’t tempt him to join the Premier League side during the summer.
Mauricio Pochettino was keen to sign a new centre-half whilst the window was open, particularly after agreeing to sell Michael Dawson to Hull City. Musacchio was believed to be the Tottenham coach’s first choice, and it was widely reported that an offer for the Villarreal star was made towards the end of the month as the deadline approached.
Indeed, Musacchio claims he held discussions with the White Hart Lane club about the possibility of a move to the English capital. However, he now insists he was never in any rush to quit El Madrigal, where he has been since 2009, and besides, he claims what was on offer was not enough to persuade him to link up with Spurs.
“I’m fine here,” he told Estadio Deportivo. “I never said I wanted to leave. This is my home. I’ve been here since I was very young, I am comfortable here and for that reason I didn’t feel the need to leave. When you get offers they have to be good for the club and for the player. In this case it wasn’t good enough for either, so in the end it didn’t happen.”
Tottenham instead turned their attention to Federico Fazio, who joined from Sevilla for a fee in the region of £8million. The 27-year-old Argentine watched his new side as they fell to a 3-0 home defeat against Liverpool before the international break, and is expected to be handed his debut against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light next weekend.
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