Christian Eriksen has revealed he rejected a move to Manchester City in the summer of 2012 with the Tottenham playmaker insisting he didn't want to get limited game time when he left Ajax.
Eriksen brought an end to a long-standing transfer saga over his future when he agreed a move to White Hart Lane in the final days of the most recent transfer window.
The 21-year-old was linked with a number of clubs across Europe and his final decision to go to Tottenham looks to have paid off with the young star scoring a brilliant goal on his second appearance with the side in the Europa League against Tromso.
His debut was also lauded by critics as he provided the assist for Gylfi Sigurdsson's first goal against Norwich. And now Erkisen has revealed that he rejected the chance to join City in the summer before his move to England because he wanted to be guaranteed playing time.
"It took me a while to get to England because I said no a few times," he said, according to the Mirror. "Last summer, City really wanted to sign me, but it didn't feel right.
"Maybe I wouldn't have played there - I wouldn't go to a club just to stay on the subs' bench. I didn't feel ready for a league like the Premier League, and now it looks like I moved at the right time.
"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."
Eriksen's goal against Tromso has filled supporters with anticipation over how the Denmark international will perform in the remainder of his first season at Tottenham, and while the club brought in seven new faces over the summer he is already standing out.
And the youngster says that he is also hopeful that more performances like the one in the Europa League will come, insisting that he knows about Tottenham's history and wants to be a part of it.
"I've read about the history of Tottenham and I have watched games over the years, so I know about the club and how they like creativity," he explained.
"I score more goals like the one against Tromso in training and, hopefully, there will be more to come in the games."