There was an urban myth – reported long ago by When Saturday Comes – that claimed Tottenham Hotspur brought Emmanuel Petit to England for transfer talks in 1997 and then paid for the midfielder to take a taxi to Highbury where he signed for rivals Arsenal.
It is no longer a myth. Petit, who stayed at Arsenal for three seasons and won the double with the Gunners, has confirmed that this indeed happened. Speaking on Sky Sports, the Frenchman claimed that he didn’t feel Tottenham’s transfer offer in his heart.
After Fantasy Football Club presenter Max Rushden suggested Petit probably owes Spurs around £20 for the cab fare, the former midfielder smugly invited the White Hart Lane club to send him the bill.
Alan Sugar was Tottenham chairman when his mess occurred, so it’s hardly surprising that he’s not a very popular man in N17!
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