Sebastian Rode has confirmed that he rejected advances from Tottenham to join Borussia Dortmund.
Rode joined Dortmund from Bayern Munich in a deal worth a reported £11.8m earlier this week, with the 25-year-old signing a four-year deal at the Westfalenstadion.
The German played just 52 games across two seasons at the three-time consecutive Bundesliga champions, but his reputation as a tough-tackling midfielder led to interest from numerous clubs, including Tottenham.
Discussing the reasons behind his decision to move to Dortmund, Rode revealed that he rejected a move to Tottenham in favour of remaining in Germany.
“Yes, that’s true. And I listened to it, but again: the transfer to BVB was a matter of the heart,” Rode said, when asked of apparent interest.
“I’ve known Tuchel since he was a youth coach at Mainz back when I still played for Offenbacher Kickers,” he added.
“I had very, very convincing talk with Tuchel before my signature. My decision that it can only be Dortmund was certain after that.”