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Exclusive: Gary Mabbutt recalls when Ossie Ardiles tried to sign Diego Maradona

The sad news that Diego Maradona had died at the age of 60 was confirmed on Wednesday afternoon, with it bringing an end to the life of one of the best footballers to ever grace the planet.

The Argentina legend will of course be forever remembered on these shores for his controversial role in his country’s quarter-final win against England at the 1986 World Cup, but it shouldn’t detract from just how good he was.

Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Teddy Sheringham revealed previously to Stadium Astro that in the 1993/94 season when Maradona’s good friend Ossie Ardiles was in charge at White Hart Lane, he wanted to bring the world star to north London even if it would have been the twilight years of his career.

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A move never materialised with Ardiles admitting to Teddy that he had “too much baggage around him”, but what a transfer it could have been.

Asked how good he could have been at Spurs, Tottenham icon Gary Mabbutt exclusively told FFC’s James Beavis:

“He was one of the greastest players in the world. Also during Ossie’s time he tried to sign Mario Kempes for Spurs as well, I think.

“Obviously he had his Argentinian links and he was very good friends with these players. Kempes came on a pre-season tour with us but Diego never actually got to be a part of the club apart from playing in Ardiles’ testimonial game.”

Maradona played for Newell’s Boys instead during the 93/94 season, before finishing his playing career with Boca Juniors in his home country.

It was there that his death announced on Wednesday, and there is no doubt that the 60-year-old will go down in the history as one of the all-time footballing greats.

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