Scotland international Oliver Burke says his desire to play first-team football was the reason behind his decision to turn down a move to the Premier League.
The 19-year-old winger became his country’s most expensive player in August by completing a £13m move from Nottingham Forest to RB Leipzig.
“I was going to visit Tottenham,” he told the Daily Mail. “But I said no because Leipzig showed enough care and attention to the little details.
“For a young man, I don’t want to go somewhere that is a big club and be thinking am I going to play? Am I going to progress? Or are they just going to stick me out on loan, which happens a lot at English clubs.
“You can only look at Chelsea, and see the amount of talent they have, but they’re all on loan, not getting used. You don’t feel wanted when you sign for a club, you’re there for two training sessions, and then they buy someone else in your position for double the amount.
“So it’s a no-brainer really. They made clear I was going to be a vital part of the team, which I have shown against Cologne and [Borussia] Dortmund. I don’t regret not going to the Premier League.”