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12.05.2009 Football News

Appiah explains Spurs failed deal

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Black Stars captain Stephen Appiah has said Tottenham Hotspur were interested in signing him, but he decided to leave without getting a contract when the London club insisted he stay a month longer on trials there.

"I was originally meant to stay for five days. But after that, the club wanted me for another three weeks. After that, they again asked that I stay for a month. I then decided it was better to try elsewhere," Appiah said in a television interview.

Appiah also disclosed that he tried out at Russian club Rubin Kazan, but his face-off with his former Turkish club, Fenerbache, scuttled a deal.

However, the Ghana midfielder said he is confident that with the Fenerbache matter now resolved, the way is clear for him to resume his career in Europe.

"I have not played for two years. I hope to regain those lost years. But for my mentality and positive attitude, I would have long [ago] packed it in," he revealed.

"I will continue to be very professional and any time from now, I should be signing for a club."

Previously with Udinese, Parma, Brescia (on loan) and Juventus, the 28-year-old Appiah, nicknamed 'Tornado', suffered a long-term injury at Fenerbache in 2007.

He was also involved in a contractual dispute with the club, which was eventually resolved by world soccer governing body FIFA.

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