Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was ready to give up on becoming No.1 at White Hart Lane and leave the club six months into his Premier League career.
The French captain started just one of the club's eight league games and national team boss Didier Deschamps had publically claimed the stopper was unhappy with life in north London.
But Heurelho Gomes, who has been frozen out of the Tottenham first team having not made a first team appearance for two years after spending part of the 2012/13 season on loan at Hoffenheim, says after Brad Friedel started last season ahead of the Lloris, the ex-Lyon man was ready to up-sticks from England.
"I was surprised by the behaviour of Tottenham," said Gomes.
"Lloris told me he wanted to change clubs. He told me if he had known that I stayed, he would not come. He had a hard time. Lloris is a spectacular goalkeeper."
Tottenham secured a deal for Lloris on deadline day of the summer transfer window but the France international was restricted to League Cup and Europa League appearances in Andre Villas-Boas' opening months in charge at Spurs.
However, following the 2-1 defeat to Manchester City, Lloris was installed as the No.1 for the remainder of the league campaign and is now regarded as one of the finest 'keepers in the top flight.
His regard in north London is in stark contrast to that of Gomes, who is actively pursuing a way out of the club he joined from PSV Eindhoven in 2008.
"I often tried to leave Tottenham but they have always stopped me going," he said.
"I had several proposals but they were insufficient for the club. It's very complicated. They want to recover the €10million they invested in me five years ago. It is not possible.
"I am ready to go to Germany. Hoffenheim wanted to buy me permanently but Tottenham blocked the move for financial questions. I always tried to leave but Tottenham have never helped me.
"When the coach changes, you think positive things will happen to you," added the 32-year-old.
"It has not been the case. The fact he speaks Portuguese did not change anything for me. He couldn't help me any more, I regret it. I am part of the club's history. When we played the quarter-finals of the Champions League, I was the goalkeeper. In two years since, I have hardly played."