Once upon a time, rumour has it Jake Livermore declared Tottenham to be the best team in the world.
He had just scored the equaliser for the North Londoners against Barcelona in a pre-season friedly and was asked how it felt to score against the best team around. The youngster was supposed to have famously quipped: "score against them? I play for them."
Comments like that certainly endear you to the fans, but a long career at White Hart Lane doesn't look like happening, with a permanent transfer away from the club looking more and more likely.
Despite some promising moments in a Spurs shirt, Livermore, 25 later this year, has just enjoyed by far his most impressive season in the colours of another team, making it to the FA Cup final with Hull City while on loan in the North East.
The England cap made 36 appearance for the Tigers in the Premier League, the same he has managed in his entire time at Spurs, and scored 3 goals. His form has been so decent that he was put forward as an outside bet for an England World Cup squad place.
And his latest comments indicate the Enfield-born midfielder is ready to permanently end his association with his boyhood club.
"Of course I'd like to stay," Livermore said. "I feel as though I owe the manager, his staff, my team-mates and the fans a lot.
"Whatever happens in the summer, whatever the two clubs agree, if they could sort something out that would be great.
"They've been good to me this season and I've been given the opportunity to play week in and week out. For that I'm thankful.
"It's just nice to play, more than anything," the Londoner added. "We've got a good crowd here and great following away from home too and it's nice to be part of a club that's going in the right direction.
"I'm not sure if I've changed too much, it's just a matter of being able to showcase it and not in an under-21 league at Tottenham.
"There you can have people screaming until they're blue in the face saying how good you are but unless you're doing it in the big league no one seems to take much notice of you."
It would be hard to begrudge Livermore the regular Premier League football he craves. It is up to Spurs to decide whether their youngster can be a more central part of their first team.