Tottenham Hotspur fans of a more experienced vintage may well remember former Iranian international winger Mehdi Mahdavikia, and they might also remember our apparent links and interest in him many years ago. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of him in fairness.
With football paused owing to Covid 19 concerns, the now 42-year-old held a recent interview on Instagram (via the Tehran Times) and admitted that our interest in him was so advanced, that he even signed a three year deal with us having travelled to London, but ultimately, required military duty complicated the move and the deal was eventually revoked, despite being agreed and inked.
Do You Remember Our Interest In Mahdavikia?
Missed A Trick There
“This is the first time that I’m talking about this. After the Tottenham offer, we went to London and even signed a three-year contract with the club. But there was a clause in the contract that I would join the London club after completing my military duty in Iran, but at the end, my certificate was not issued and I could not go to Tottenham. After a while, the representatives of Hamburger SV came to Tehran to sign a contract with me, but again at that time, I could not join the German team due to the same problem. These issues caused me to become so depressed and I got fat. However, at the end, fate led me to German football. To play and to live in Germany have been one of the best parts of my life.”
Given Son Heung-Min’s current obligation to undergo his mandated military service, it makes the revelation a little more relevant and just rubs home how Spurs as a club had little choice to give Sonny the permission to do this.
Given he subsequently arrived in Germany and ended up spending 12 years of his playing career in the Bundesliga, there will be those who wonder why we didn’t end up completing the deal but I guess at the point we simply decided to move on given the issues faced.
Given his words, it clearly hit him hard and probably understandably so, so at least he had a decent ending.