Winger Max Gradel claims he rejected Everton, Tottenham to join Bournemouth

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Bournemouth wide man Max Gradel claims he had offers to join Everton and Tottenham.

Bournemouth winger Max Gradel has told French newspaper L'Equipe that he snubbed Everton and Tottenham in order to reunite with Eddie Howe.

Gradel, 28, made his name with Leeds United before moving on to French side Saint-Etienne in August 2011, where he went on to hit 31 goals in 115 games.

However, the Ivorian international decided to return to English football over the summer, penning a four-year deal with Bournemouth upon their promotion to the Premier LEague.

Grade spent time on loan at Bournemouth during the 2007/08 season, when current boss Howe was working as a coach, meaning the duo completed a reunion at the Vitality Stadium.

Unfortunately, Gradel has made just four appearances this season, having torn his anterior cruciate ligament against Leicester City back in August, ruling him out for at least six months.

Now attempting to work his way back to fitness, Gradel has discussed why he chose to sign for Bournemouth over other options.

Gradel has told L'Equipe that he had offers to join Everton and Tottenham Hotspur, but couldn't guarantee that he would play regular first-team football at either club - something his old friend Howe was able to offer him at Bournemouth - and stated that money isn't everything when it comes to football.

"There were many options. When you go into a major championship, you have to make the right choices. The most important thing is to go to a club where it is safe to play. You must not go to a big club and have no guarantee of playing," said Gradel.

"I could have gone to Everton, Tottenham also. I knew the coach at Bournemouth six years ago, I was always in contact with him, he knows me really well. We experienced strong moments. When I lost my mother, he was there for me. So it was an easy choice, many do not understand. In football, it is not only money that matters," he added.

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