Tottenham's new £11 million playmaker Christen Eriksen has revealed he turned down the opportunity to sign for Manchester City last summer.
The 21-year-old Denmark international moved to White Hart Lane from Eredivisie giants Ajax after the world-record departure of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, but could have signed for last season's Premier League runners-up City.
"It took me a while to get here because I said no a few times," he was quoted by the Metro.
"Last summer City really wanted to try to sign me, but it didn’t feel right for me. I didn’t feel ready for a league like the Premier League and now it looks like I moved at the right time."
Midfielder Eriksen also revealed that the thought of sitting on the sidelines at the Etihad Stadium eventually persuaded him not to sign for City when apparently given the opportunity to do so.
"Maybe I wouldn’t have played at City and I wouldn’t go to a club just to stay on the bench. A lot of players moved from Ajax in the last year and it gave me responsibility and made me grow. It made me better.
"It was exciting there, but you have to wait for the right club to come along," he added.
Eriksen has already got Tottenham fans excited over his potential after impressive displays against Chris Hughton's Norwich City in the Premier League and Norwegian strugglers Tromso in the Europa League.
The Dane bagged his first goal for the club in the 3-0 win at White Hart Lane on Thursday evening and has already earned great praise for his considerable creative nous and excellent passing abilities.
Tottenham, who beat newly-promoted Cardiff City 1-0 in Wales on Sunday thanks to a last-gasp strike from midfielder Paulinho, are currently second in the Premier League with Andre Villas-Boas' men having collected 12 points from their opening five fixtures.