Berbatov: I had no idea who Tottenham were when I joined

Date published: Friday 27th October 2017 8:45

Dimitar Berbatov has admitted that he had no idea who Tottenham were when he joined them.

Berbatov first moved to the Premier League with Spurs in 2006, joining from Bayer Leverkusen.

He spent two years in north London, scoring 46 goals in 102 games, before leaving to move to Manchester United in 2008.

The striker, currently playing for Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League, admits he had no idea who Tottenham were almost a decade ago.

“My agent said we’d had a serious offer from Tottenham,” he told ESPN FC. “I said: ‘Who?’

“I was watching German football, not English. There were rumours of Man United’s interest too. I’d definitely heard of United, but they told me I was effectively a second choice if another player didn’t happen. So I took the offer to move to London, which I loved, and play for Spurs, who I grew to love.

“In Martin Jol, I saw my grandfather. He was a big man and you think he’s a tough guy, but underneath he is a kind man. I knew immediately that I could have a good relationship with him.

“It took me a couple of months to get used to English football, to adjust to the speed and the physical side but, when the chance came, I came off the bench to score two goals against Fulham.

“We won the [2008] League Cup and beat Chelsea in the final. The coach was Juande Ramos, who knew how to train us, relax us and prepare us for the final as if it was a normal game with little pressure. If you overthink then you are going to have problems.

“Everybody thought Chelsea would win. They were so strong and reached the Champions League final a few months later with my old teammate Michael Ballack. But we won 2-1, the first Spurs trophy for many years. Spurs have not won a trophy since.”

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