Tottenham new boy Vincent Janssen says he had no option but to leave Holland as Ajax and PSV Eindhoven could not afford him.
The striker finally completed a move to White Hart Lane following a brilliant year in the Dutch league with AZ Alkmaar, signing for a fee in excess of 20m euros.
At just 22, it had been suggested the former Feyenoord man should stay in the Eredivise for another few seasons by signing for one of the division’s other traditional giants, PSV or Ajax.
However, the Netherlands international eventually signed for Spurs and is expected to provide much-needed strong competition for Harry Kane this season.
Janssen is delighted with the move but says it would have been impossible to stay in his homeland, because no other club made an approach due to AZ’s high asking price.
“PSV and Ajax were never going to pay €20million,” the Dutch international told De Volkskrant. “AZ made a move to one of those clubs impossible.
“Plus Ajax and PSV never made a formal approach.”