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 By Kevin Palmer

Spurs signing Clinton Njie turned down Arsenal interest

Clinton Njie says he rejected interest from Arsenal before putting pen to paper on a five-year contract with Tottenham Hotspur.

Njie, 22, signed for Spurs in a reported £8 million switch from Lyon on Saturday.

He told L'Equipe he was never tempted to consider a move to Arsenal, believing he would get more playing time at White Hart Lane.

"I was never scared that my transfer to Tottenham would not be confirmed," he said. "I never spoke to Arsenal representatives on the phone -- they simply contacted my agent.

"My choice was made. I was determined to join Tottenham.

"Here, I will be working under Mauricio Pochettino, a manager who plays youngsters and allows them to progress.

"On Thursday, after I arrived in London and had my medical tests, he welcomed me and told me he hoped I would be available as quickly as possible."

Clinton N'Jie spent three years at Lyon.

Cameroon international Njie said he will be achieving a career ambition by playing in the Premier League as he looks to make an instant impact in a Spurs side lacking back-up to main striker Harry Kane.

"When I arrived in Europe, it was an aim and a dream to play one day in the Premier League," he added.

"I didn't think it would come as quickly as it has. After that, Lyon wanted the transfer, Tottenham showed themselves to be insistent and was the club who had the strongest interest.

"When I first arrived in France, I didn't speak the language and it was a bit difficult, but I managed to adapt. I fought to learn. Today, I am proud of myself and the progress I have made."


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