The experienced defender instead opted to stay at Catania, where he has proved a key figure since signing for the Serie A outfit from Newell’s Old Boys in 2009.
Tottenham spent the summer in search of a new centre-back after surprisingly sanctioning Steven Caulker’s £8million switch to Cardiff.
Andre Villas-Boas eventually secured the signature of Romanian defender Vlad Chiriches who at 23, is seven years Spolli’s junior.
However Spolli has claimed he was contacted by the Tottenham boss during the summer over a possible switch to White Hart Lane, although the thought of leaving Catania was never an option.
“At the end of last season I met with the president. I told him, if he agreed, that I would like to stay in Catania. The team knew my desire – it was not news when we received the request from Tottenham,” he told La Sicilia.
“In Catania I’m fine, it’s a beautiful city. When you have free time it is amazing to be able to enjoy both Mount Etna and the sea.”
Tottenham proved to be one of the Premier League‘s biggest spenders this summer, with the £8.5million signing of Chiriches taking the clubs spending past the £100million mark.
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