Montpellier coach's parting comments for Stambouli; why he rejected Fiorentina

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Tottenham Hotspur have recruited Benjamin Stambouli on deadline day and the player preferred a Premier League move over Serie A.

Benjamin Stambouli's former coach at Montpellier, Rolland Courbis, has commented on the midfielder's move to Tottenham Hotspur and believes the transfer to the Premier League club represents a "great step forward" in the player's career.

The 22-year-old is a versatile athlete adept at defensive midfield and centre back positions. Last season, in Ligue 1 duty alone, he attempted 51 interceptions, 111 clearances, 11 tackles and completed a commendable 83% of his total attempted passes.

Courbis believes representing Spurs "should be able" to see Stambouli "join the French team".

He said: “Tottenham had a very good idea to sign him.”

Indeed, Tottenham Hotspur were not the only club interested in his services as Fiorentina were coveting Stambouli's signature for three weeks, yet their indecisiveness ultimately ended up proving costly.

"He preferred Tottenham to Fiorentina," Stambouli's agent said. "Benjamin's first choice was the Premier League and we have received a concrete offer from England.

“Fiorentina's error was wasting too much time to close the deal with Montpellier, about two weeks.”

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