Capoue happy with Tottenham choice

Etienne Capoue is glad he snubbed Liverpool and signed for Tottenham.

Etienne Capoue of Tottenham

Tottenham welcome the Reds to White Hart Lane on Sunday as they look to stretch their unbeaten league run to four matches.

Had things worked out differently, Capoue could have been coming out of the away dressing room rather than the home one.

Liverpool were linked with Capoue in 2009, and again the following summer, but the midfielder felt he was not good enough to cope with the pace and the physicality of the Barclays Premier League at that point.

Capoue admitted he was flattered to be linked with the Reds, but he is happy that he bided his time before moving to England.

"It was the right decision," Capoue said.

"I didn't know that (Liverpool) in particular were interested in me but I knew that English clubs were.

"I came to Tottenham because it's a very competitive club and it's a strong club. It's what I wanted.

"I want to get in to the Champions League here and also I had the confidence of the coach and the French-speaking players spoke very well of Spurs as well."

A host of Premier League clubs were in for Capoue's signature this summer when the 25-year-old decided to end his eight-year stay at Toulouse.

Arsenal and Cardiff were also linked with the player, but he moved to Spurs for around £9million.

With Tottenham now back on form after their recent blip, Capoue could not be a happier man.

Capoue says he lives in a "perfect house" with his wife, who is eight months pregnant.

He has picked up the language well and he enjoys taking in London's cultural sights.

He has gained notoriety among the Spurs squad for his table-tennis skills.

"I am the best," he says with a smile.

Capoue's job has also become his passion.

"I only really fell in love with football when I came to England," Capoue said.

"In France it's not like it is here. Here people seem to live off football and that gave me a new taste for football.

"For me it's a passion. In France I didn't watch much football but now I watch Premier League games and I follow my last club."

Although he is now a supremely content man, Capoue's start to life at Spurs has had its bumps.

The first ones came at his initiation during the summer. Running through a tunnel of team-mates who aimed punches at him was something he was not expecting.

"I have never experienced anything like that before," he said.

"They punched me too hard!"

More humiliating shenanigans followed. He had to put on a rendition of his favourite song - a number by French rapper Booba - in front of his team-mates.

He chuckles and nods in the affirmative when it is suggested that he should be known as "50 Franc" around the Spurs camp.

Another bump in the road came just four matches into his spell at Spurs when he injured his ankle during the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal.

Capoue found the two-month long spell on the sidelines unbearable.

"It was the first time that I had an injury for so long," he said.

"I took it very badly at first. I went to the stadium to watch and I would just bite my finger nails.

"I really wanted to get back as soon as I could because football is my passion."

Capoue's return could not have come at a better time.

Although the Frenchman's favourite position is centre midfield, he has been used at centre-back by Villas-Boas because of injuries to Younes Kaboul, Jan Vertonghen and Vlad Chiriches.

The switch has proved to be a resounding success, with Capoue putting in top performances against Sunderland and Anzhi Makhachkala.

Such is Capoue's confidence that facing the hottest striker in the Premier League - Luis Suarez - this weekend does not faze him one bit.

"He is a very good player, an amazing player. It's a good opportunity for me to show my mettle," the 25-year-old said.



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