David Ginola says he wants to return to Tottenham in a managerial capacity, with the former winger claiming he never forgot the north London club throughout his career, which ended at Everton in 2002.

Ginola joined Spurs in 1997 after moving from Newcastle, playing an important part in the side's League Cup win in 1999 before leaving the club in the following year for Aston Villa.

The France international was inducted into Tottenham's hall of fame in 2008, and has since been getting his qualifications to become a manager, and he made no secret of the fact that he hopes it will one day be at White Hart Lane.

"I'm passing my coaching badges in England. I need them to manage a team in the Premier League," he told French paper Le Progrès. "I live in London, and I'm doing my badges at Tottenham. People at the club have not forgotten me, and I have not forgotten them."

Ginola played at eight clubs in total in his senior career, but the 45 year old insists that he only left Tottenham because the club wanted to sell him; he never made the choice to leave himself.

"It was circumstances that made me change clubs as a player," he explained. "I wasn't just roving around.

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Fan favourite David Ginola still holds a place in his heart for Tottenham. Reuters

"I must have had four or five managers when I was at Tottenham.

"The chairman liked getting a new coach every six months.

"I ended up leaving even though I thought I would finish my career at Spurs. In 1999, the year I was voted Player of the Season, the manager, George Graham, thought I was too old at 32 and put me on the transfer list. He did six months more, then left.

"Fans were sorry about me going. People who had bought shirts with my name on asked for refunds, and some people gave up their season tickets.

"I was touched by that, and it affects me still."

Ginola has always been a fan favourite at Tottenham, and Andre Villas-Boas could be given a run for his money down the track if the star works hard to show Daniel Levy that he's the man to take the club forward.