Yannick Kamanan has opened up about his move to Tottenham back in 1999.
Veteran striker Yannick Kamanan has reflected on his lengthy career in football during an interview with French magazine So Foot - and highlighted his move to Tottenham.
Kamanan, now 34, is currently playing for AS Aulnoye, a French amateur club, as he begins to wind down his career back in his native France.
The experienced striker has had a long, winding career which has seen him turn out for the likes of Dijon, Oostende, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Sivasspor and Gabala, but it's easy to forget that he was actually on the books at Tottenham.
Most Spurs fans probably won't be too familiar with Kamanan considering that he failed to even make one first team appearance for the club, but the striker certainly remembers his time at White Hart Lane.
Speaking to So Foot, Kamanan has opened up about how Bolton Wanderers wanted to sign him when he came up through the ranks at Le Mans, but it was Tottenham who made the first move all the way back in 1999, when he was ust a teenager.
Kamanan also explained how he felt having risen from a poor region of France to play for Tottenham after impressing in a trial against North London rivals Arsenal.
"Initially, Bolton was interested. But ultimately, it did not happen for reasons unknown to me," said Kamanan. "Then Tottenham, having seen one of my videos, got involved. So I went to London for a trial. After a few days of training, we had to play Arsenal."
"I was told: "You win this game, you sign, or you can go home." During the match, I beat the Arsenal defense and I scored two goals. I do not know if you realize, but signing for Tottenham when you come from a little rotten suburb, is like winning a million," he added.
Kamanan left Tottenham in order to play first-team football back in France, and even though he failed to make the grade at White Hart Lane, it's clear that the French striker held Spurs in high regard, having explained how he felt upon signing for them back in 1999.