Tottenham's Benoit Assou-Ekotto was once famously quoted as saying he 'didn't like football and was it in it for the money'.
A man who regularly uses the London Underground and shuns the players staple of blinged out Bentley's in-favour of a rather modest smart car, the full back is quick to tell the real story.
"I never said I don't like football, I said I don't watch football, I said its a fantastic job - but I never said I dislike it," the Spurs star told Sport magazine.
Assou-Ekotto is as honest as footballers come and admits it annoys him when he sees fellow professionals kissing shirt badges and placing their loyalties with one team.
"Many players are not honest. I hear them say: 'Oh, I love this shirt, I grew up dreaming to play for this team…' Come on - we are not stupid, my friend! You grew up in France or Spain and dreamed of playing for this club (in a foreign country)? I don't think so."
Assou-Ekotto remains proud of Spurs' achievements during his time at the club, and is delighted to be playing against the best players in Europe in the Champions League.
"Its a different level, I get excited to show some players that they may be the best in Europe, but - hopefully - they will not be the best tonight. They can be the best player for 51 out of 52 weeks of the year, but its my job to make sure that, for that day, they are not."
The left back has also hinted that he would like to stay at Tottenham for the rest of his career, and add some trophies to his 2008 Carling Cup winners medal.
"Its a good club, the supporters are great and the manager is cool.
"I would like to win trophies here, but Im proud to be a member of the team that has qualified for the Champions League," he said.
Tottenham travel to Wolves this weekend and will be looking to take all three points back to the Lane and keep their Champions League qualification bid on track.
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