Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Didier Zokora has revealed he turned down Arsenal over a move to White Hart Lane, and insists he made the right choice. The Ivory Coast international joined Spurs from St Etienne for £8.2 million in July 2006, and has gone on to make over 70 Premier League appearances for the club.
He is now expected to line up against the Gunners in Sunday's north London derby at White Hart Lane, and ahead of the encounter revealed that he spoke to, Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger prior to signing on the dotted line for Spurs.
"When I signed for Spurs, Arsenal also wanted me," he told the Telegraph. "I spoke with Arsene after the World Cup but I preferred to come to Spurs because it gave me a good option for my life. I am very happy."
As well as snubbing Arsenal's advances, Zokora has been linked with a move to Real Madrid during his time with Tottenham. However, he insists his future, for now, is in England and helping to steer Spurs away from the relegation zone.
"Everybody knows Real Madrid wanted me but I signed a new contract for this club and if they want me, I stay," he said. "The club needs me, my life is here.
"Real are one of the best clubs in the world so that is good for me, no? That means I am not a bad player!"
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