Stambouli would have been better off rejecting Tottenham for Fiorentina, claims Italian agent

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Benjamin Stambouli came close to signing for Fiorentina instead of Tottenham Hotspur in the summer.

Benjamin Stambouli is in contention to play for Tottenham on Thursday night against the club who tried to sign him in the summer.

Football Italia reported back in August how Fiorentina were in advanced negotiations with the Frenchman to sign him from Montpellier.

They were beaten to the punch by Spurs, and now he has the chance to make them rue missing out on him over the two-legged tie between the two sides in the Europa League.

One man who believes Stambouli made the wrong choice of club is Fabrizio Ferrari, a Italian agent who was acting as a third party for Fiorentina in trying to make the deal happen.

Ahead of Thursday's clash between the two sides, Ferrari told Tuttomercatoweb: "The Viola's offer offer purple was the most appropriate economic and sporting. It was a step that could allow him to develop in the perfect way, but unfortunately were encountered with different interest.

"Tottenham are a very great team but not ideal for him at this time, Fiorentina needed instead of just that kind of player... The Viola are going well without Stambouli anyway."

Stambouli's start at Spurs looked like proving Ferrari right, for he was not selected to start a Premier League game until mid-December.

He has made four starts in the division in total, but across all competitions he has featured in 14 matches. Competition for his place is at a premium with Nabil Bentaleb, Etienne Capoue, Paulinho, and surprise package Ryan Mason all in the mix in central midfield.

In his nine Premier League appearances in total, Stambouli is Tottenham's second most effective tackler with 2.7 per game on average, behind Mason.

Fiorentina sit fourth in Serie A, with Spurs sixth in the Premier League, but both are on the outside looking in in terms of Champions League qualification.

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