New Spurs midfielder opens up about Marseille ambition

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Tottenham Hotspur's Benjamin Stambouli hopes to play for Marseille one day.

He's been at Spurs just over three months but French midfielder Benjamin Stambouli has already revealed his ambitions to play for boyhood club Marseille.

Stambouli left Ligue 1 outfit Montpellier to sign for Tottenham in the summer transfer window and it was reported that he had the chance to join the club he supported as a boy but opted against it.

Now, the defensive midfielder has explained how he weighed up the proposals of both clubs and chose to go for the new challenge that the Premier League brings.

He is quoted in L'Equipe as saying: "Of course, I asked whether it was a good thing or not to go to Marseille but, given the proposals I had in hand, particularly that of Tottenham, I thought I had to follow instinct, to leave France, and look for a different challenge."

After appointing Marcelo Bielsa as manager in May, Marseille have been in fantastic form and currently top the French league. Stambouli's father Henri played for the L'OM and his grandfather Gerard Banide managed them, so there is little wonder as to why they are a special club to him.

And the 24-year-old went on to admit that he hopes to be able to play for the club one day:

"It is true that Marseille was interesting, there was a real challenge, a new coach with new methods like those I have found here (Tottenham) but, for me, it was not the right moment.

"I'm Marseilles; I hope one day I will wear this shirt."

It hasn't all been plain sailing for Stambouli since his £4 million move to Mauricio Pochettino's struggling Spurs side. He has failed to hold down a regular spot in the Tottenham midfield and has only made one appearance in the Premier League so far - which came from the substitutes' bench.

He has been a feature in their Europa League campaign, though, starting four of their five games and even scoring the winner in the 1-0 win over Partizan Belgrade.

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