Frenkie de Jong has revealed that he was tempted to sign for Tottenham last summer, but felt he owed Ajax another season of service before leaving.
The promising 21-year old - who signed for Barcelona in January for £65m - has impressed in games throughout the 2018/19 season for club and country, earning himself 24 appearances in the Eredivisie this season.
In a recent interview however, the young midfielder revealed that he had considered playing under manager Mauricio Pochettino in the Premier League.
“I was also injured in that period, so I was thinking, ‘not yet’. I felt I should stay for another year at Ajax, or perhaps longer."
Speaking about Pochettino and Tottenham's style of play, he went on to say: "I see Tottenham as a very stable club, and they are only getting better.
"They give young players a chance and I see Mauricio Pochettino as a manager who really improves young players. I like the kind of football they are playing. I think it would have suited my game.”
With his contract at the Barcelona starting in the summer, de Jong also commented on his reasons for abandoning Premier League aspirations for a move to the Nou Camp, stating: “I’d always wanted to play for Barcelona.
"The money they were prepared to pay Ajax showed me how serious they were. I felt I had to grab the opportunity, because maybe it wouldn’t come around again.
"My family agreed I had to go for it. I’ll do everything in my power to succeed there.’”