Giovani dos Santos admits 'frustration' under Redknapp, had offer from Chelsea

Giovani Dos Santos

Giovani dos Santos says he was frustrated at Tottenham, but praised the clubs fans.

When Tottenham managed to sign Barcelona prospect Giovani dos Santos for around £8.75m back in 2008, many Spurs fans were naturally optimistic.

The Mexican came through the La Masia ranks and was tipped for big things, even scoring a hat trick in his last game for Barcelona.

However, dos Santos failed to make an impact in North London, playing just 31 games for the club, contributing three goals and four assists in a disappointing spell at White Hart Lane.

Loan spells with Ipswich Town, Galatasaray and Racing Santander failed to bring his top form back, and he was sold to Mallorca in 2012 as Spurs finally gave up on him.

Yet now, dos Santos is starting to fulfill his potential, and after leaving Mallorca for Villarreal, he hit 12 goals for the La Liga side last season before impressing for Mexico at the World Cup in Brazil.

In an interview with Four Four Two, dos Santos revealed that he chose Tottenham over a move to Chelsea, but was left frustrated under former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp - even though the fans were some of the best he's seen.

"I had offers from Manchester City and Chelsea, but when Juande Ramos called and explained I'd be a regular at Tottenham, I liked the idea of playing English football," said dos Santos.

"He was replaced by Harry Redknapp. It was very frustrating for me because, like every footballer, I just wanted to play. I'd prepare for a game every three days, then not play."

"I really wanted to do so well at Tottenham, and the fans were supportive. I remember them signing 'When the Spurs go marching in'. Great fans - I had time to watch them because I didn't play!" he added.

With current Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino desperate for attacking impetus, it makes you wonder whether Spurs could do with someone like dos Santos right now.

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