Joe Cole has admitted that moving to Liverpool was a mistake and he regrets not joining Tottenham ahead of the Merseyside club, who were both fighting for his signature back in 2010.

 Cole joined the Reds on a permanent move from Chelsea after ignoring Spurs’ offer, with the 31-year-old conceding that the north London club’s fierce rivalries with ex-clubs West Ham and Chelsea, whom he holds close to his heart, affected his decision.

 "I had seven great years at Chelsea but the club wanted to go in a certain direction and I wasn't involved. So I was left with two real options - Liverpool or Spurs," Cole told ESPN.

"Spurs was probably the best option because they were offering me a five-year deal and it meant I could stay in familiar surroundings.

"But I just couldn't do it, I just couldn't see myself pulling that Spurs shirt over my head. With the rivalry between Spurs and West Ham and Chelsea, it felt a bit mercenary."

The midfielder failed to establish himself at Anfield, falling further and further down the pecking order and after being shipped out on loan to French club Lille last season, made a permanent move back to boyhood club West Ham, where he started his career.

And the England international, who has won 56 caps for the Three Lions scoring 10 goals, has spoken of his on and off field relief of leaving Merseyside and moving back to east London, where he plans to end his career.

“I was missing London and my family and I had a personal tragedy in December when my brother-in-law died," he added. "I got an opportunity to go back to West Ham and I don’t want to move any more.”


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