Former QPR boss Harry Redknapp has revealed that Chelsea stars Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois both came close to moving to Tottenham Hotspur in the past, with the former even wanting to push a transfer through.
Speaking to talkSPORT, the famous English manager confirmed that both men had been extremely close to opting for White Hart Lane whilst he was in charge of the club between 2008 and 2012.
Redknapp’s tenure in north London was largely a successful one, overseeing the Lilywhites’ maiden campaign in the Champions League, as well as aiding the emergence of now-Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale.
Things could have been even better for him at Spurs though, as the man himself has insisted that Hazard and Courtois, both first-team regulars in Jose Mourinho’s title-topping side, might well have been playing under Mauricio Pochettino now instead.
Hazard and Courtois
"I was with Hazard in Paris, four hours I spent with him. He wanted to come to Tottenham, but the deal dragged on and didn't happen," he told talkSPORT.
"He wanted to come to Tottenham, but the deal dragged on and didn't happen"
"The goalkeeper, Courtois, we had him for next to nothing when he was 17 and that was another deal that dragged on forever and we didn't get it over the line. He should have been at Tottenham.
"If we had of bought one or two players in at that time that we could have got, I felt we would have had a team capable of winning the league."
The Chelsea pair
The revelation will surprise Chelsea fans just as much as it will sting Tottenham followers. Hazard has developed into one of the finest attacking players in the world, and at his young age there’s no telling at this stage just how good he might be in the future. Meanwhile Courtois too is sitting on par with some of the best players on the planet in his position, with a three-year loan spell at Atletico Madrid having worked wonders for his career.
Both men are key components in Mourinho’s system, and their influence may well help the Blues lift the Premier League this term. Meanwhile Tottenham are still fighting to achieve a top four finish, having not qualified for Europe’s premier competition since Redknapp left the club.
Under Pochettino they look inspired, and the likes of Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela are improved from when Tim Sherwood was at the helm, but unless they can remain consistent, the likes of Arsenal and Southampton could pip them.
With regards to Redknapp, he currently has plenty of problems of his own to deal with, with problems in both knees having been the given cause for his resignation from QPR earlier this season. Fans of the Loftus Road outfit aren’t buying that though and have voiced their frustrations, with their club sitting firmly amongst the relegation candidates.
Though Redknapp has stated otherwise there are question marks over whether or not he’ll return to management in the future. His best days so far have been with Tottenham, though it will surely always pain him that Hazard and Courtois - who could have had a huge impact on his side’s fortunes - evaded him.
Chelsea fans, do you think Hazard and Courtois would be the same players had they moved to White Hart Lane? Tottenham supporters, how do you feel? Let us know in the comments box below...