Vincent Janssen, new Tottenham striker has revealed he almost quit football, after he failed to breakthrough at Feyenoord.
The 22-year-old was released from the club in 2013. He was unable to make a first team appearance.
Now a five-time Netherlands international, Janssen revealed he came close to giving up on the sport after failing at Feyenoord.
“I liked football too much to quit it, but at that moment it was now or never,” he told ESPNFC.
“And if it wasn’t going to be what I wanted, I had to make a choice. I said to myself: ‘One time more I’m going to give everything for it’, and you can see what can happen.
“My feeling at Feyenoord was not that good. I never felt really comfortable. Feyenoord made a choice at that moment and I made a choice to go on. Sometimes, it not always going how you want it to go is helpful.
“I was not feeling comfortable there, so I had to fight for myself. That’s what I learned there. Sometimes when it doesn’t go well, you have to fight. So that’s what I did.”
Thanks to his performances last season, Janssen earned a £17 million move to Tottenham in July.
And he says he knew after speaking to manager Mauricio Pochettino that he wanted a move to Spurs.
“When I was first in Tottenham at the facilities, my conversation with the coach was very good. For me, the choice was easy,” he said.
“I always think to myself that I have to do choices by 100%, and for me it was a 100% choice.
“My feeling was good. It was easy. After a lot of conversations with the club, I know where I want to go.”