New Tottenham Hotspur signing Vincent Janssen reveals moving to another Eredivisie club was made impossible by AZ Alkmaar's negotiation tactics.
Janssen made the move to Spurs from the Eredivisie outfit for a fee believed to be in the region of €20million, but AZ refused to set an asking price throughout the saga, which the striker believes made it impossible for Ajax or PSV to compete with the Premier League club for his signature.
"PSV and Ajax were never going to pay €20million," the 22-year-old told De Volkskrant. "AZ made a move to one of those clubs impossible. Plus Ajax and PSV never made a formal approach."
"Sometimes you have to stand up for yourself. AZ refused to name an asking price and that annoyed me. They explained afterward that it was all part of the game, but I had to look after my own interests.
"AZ wanted to get as much money as possible out of the deal. But you can only say they did a good job there. There is no bad blood between us whatsoever. I owe a lot to AZ."
Despite scoring 27 goals in 32 Eredivisie starts for AZ last season, Janssen is seen as an understudy to Harry Kane at Spurs but he remains confident he will get plenty of game time next season.
"Spurs will be playing about 60 games in 2016/17 in the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup," he said.
"That's why they were so keen to bring in an extra striker. There will be plenty of games. And I think I could play alongside Kane as well."