Crystal Palace supervisor Patrick Vieira has recalled a time in direction of the tip of his enjoying days when conversations have been held over a possible shock switch to Tottenham.
The Eagles will host Spurs at Selhurst Park on Saturday and the 45-year-old’s previous rivalry with the north London membership has dominated the build-up.
Vieira spent 9 years with Tottenham’s arch-rivals Arsenal and helped the Gunners clinch the Premier League title at White Hart Lane in 2004 however 5 years later talks happened with Harry Redknapp – who was in control of Spurs on the time – over a sensational swap from Inter Milan.
“It’s too far and a very long time in the past. I do not keep in mind,” the Eagles head coach stated with a smile.
“No, that was a interval the place I actually wished to come back again to the Premier League.
“Figuring out Harry fairly properly and admiring him as a supervisor, we had a dialog about completely different choices however on the finish there was no likelihood of me coming to England and going to Spurs, no likelihood.”
Forward of the lunchtime kick-off, the ex-Arsenal captain was requested to check Tottenham ahead Harry Kane and former team-mate Thierry Henry.
Vieira praised the Spurs striker, who’s 9 objectives away from the Frenchman’s general tally of 175 Premier League objectives, however admitted the Gunners nice was at a “completely different degree.”
Pushed to elaborate, the Eagles boss admitted: “Thierry may do every little thing.
“He had tempo, energy, he may run in behind, may get the ball in his ft and dribble previous three or 4 gamers and go to attain the objective. Perhaps as a result of I performed with Thierry, I see him otherwise.
“Perhaps it is simpler for me to speak about Thierry than to speak about Kane. That is one thing that you simply guys should take into accounts as properly! However I see Thierry as within the prime three of all time.”