Ex-Spurs midfielder Benjamin Stambouli comments after being booed on PSG home debut

Former Tottenham midfielder Benjamin Stambouli says he wants to change perceptions.

Benjamin Stambouli's spell at Paris Saint-Germain has not got off to the best start.

The BBC reported Spurs netted a £6 million fee for the Frenchman earlier this summer after one disappointing season at the club.

Last night the midfielder came off the bench in PSG's home debut against Ajaccio, and was booed by his own fans.

French newspaper L'Equipe reported the reasons were two-fold, that he came on for fan favourite Thiago Motta, but more pressingly due to the fact he was born in the city of Marseille, whose fans are bitter rivals with PSG. 

Speaking after the game, Stambouli said he would work hard to convince fans of his value.

He told L'Equipe: "I expected it. It's part of the game. I have to turn the tide, and show Paris is in my head. I will show that I will give everything for the club. After all, I retain the positives and there still was applause at my entrance."

We reported earlier this summer how PSG had to show a picture of him topless during his medical via their twitter feed to quell rumours being circulated on social media that he had a Marseille tattoo.

The booing did not impress his teammates, with teammate Serge Aurier telling L'Equipe: "It's a shame to whistle because he wears the jersey of PSG. He had said in the past that he preferred OM but there are only fools who do not change their minds. It is an error on the part of those who did this. We must accept him in the family."

Good performances will potentially turn it around for Stambouli, but he must earn a place in the starting line-up first.

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch