Alessandro Costacurta revealed that he rejected Spurs
Perhaps the biggest story on transfer deadline day was the crazy deal involving Moussa Sissoko, who signed for Spurs despite admitting on numerous occasions his love for the “beautiful Arsenal”.
One player who clearly wouldn’t turn his back on his “childhood club” was AC Milan legend Alessandro Costacurta.
The legendary centre back rejected an offer from Tottenham in 1996
Costacurta had an illustrious career spanning over 20 years during which he stayed only at AC Milan (including a brief season loan spell at SS Monza as a 20 year old).
The Italian won 5 European Cups with The Rossoneri as well as 7 League titles amongst numerous other honours.
Costacurta played Arsenal only twice in his 21 year career, both legs of the 1994 Uefa Super Cup. (AC Milan triumphed 2-0 at home after a 0-0 first leg draw at Highbury).
“I couldn’t betray my English love”
The legendary AC Milan defender discussed in the build up to today’s legends match about how he rejected an offer from Spurs: “The idea of living in London was very exciting. But I finally refused and you know why? Because I couldn’t betray my English love. The truth is that I’ve been a keen Arsenal fan since my childhood, and playing for ‘our’ bitter rivals would have been high treason.
Costacurta continued: “When I was younger I liked the Arsenal shirt, the stadium, and some of the players from the 1980s such as Liam Brady. And I’ve always gone against the tide. All my friends were Manchester United or Liverpool fans, so I picked Arsenal and I’ve never changed my mind.”
From 1996 to the date that Costacurta retired, Tottenham won just one trophy, the 1999 League Cup.
The Italian would have missed out on 2 League titles, 1 Copa Italia, 2 European Cups and 2 Uefa Super Cups.
Lucky he was a Gooner then.
These quotes were taken from Arsenal.com.