Damien Comolli admitted on the Sky Sports Now show on Sky Sports News HQ on Friday morning (November 6) that he should not have signed Kevin-Prince Boateng when he did for Tottenham Hotspur.
Boateng joined Premier League outfit Tottenham from Hertha Berlin in the summer of 2007, but he failed to make a huge impact at White Hart Lane and left for Portsmouth in 2009.
“There is one player I regret who didn't work out, and I think it was probably our fault, is Kevin-Prince Boateng when we signed him from Hertha Berlin for Spurs,” said Comolli, then the director of football at Tottenham, on the Sky Sports Now show on Sky Sports News HQ on Friday morning (November 6).
“He came in when he was only 19. I think he has incredible talent, incredible potential as he showed later. He played in the quarter-finals of the World Cup, he won the league with AC Milan, he played several games in the Champions League, he played for Schalke and he became a really very, very good player.
“When he came, I think he was not ready to move to the Premier League, he was not ready to move to a different country. We just looked at the talent. We forgot to look at the individual off the pitch, and that was probably our failure more than his.”
Boateng rediscovered his confidence and touch at Portsmouth and earned the move to Italian club Genoa in the summer of 2010.
The Ghan international midfielder was immediately loaned out to Italian giants AC Milan, who signed him on a permanent contract in the summer of 2011.
The 28-year-old won Serie A and the Supercoppa Italiana with Milan in 2011, and helped the Rossoneri finish second in the league in the 2011-12 season.
The former Hertha man moved to Schalke in 2013 and established himself as one of the better players in the Bundesliga.