Jurgen Klinsmann says he will always be grateful to Spurs legend Ossie Ardiles, for bringing him to English football.
The German’s striker partner Teddy Sheringham told the story of how Ardiles wanted to sign Diego Maradona for Spurs, but changed his mind and signed Klinsmann instead.
But Klinsmann says, in a video clip he personally delivered for the Ossie Ardiles film, that his footballing career was inspired by watching Ardiles win the World Cup.
“When I think of Ossie Ardiles, many, many things come into my mind.
“One major point was that I was 14 when I watched him playing in the 1978 World Cup, watched Argentina win the World Cup and his performances were admirable. His style of playing, his creativity, he was an inspiration, a master of the game.
“Many years later he became my coach and probably made the biggest change in my life when he brought me to Tottenham.
“I got the experience of English football through his eyes, his vision, his character and for that I will always be grateful.
“What I liked most about him was that he was always open minded, open to taking risks, never satisfied, as he always wanted to explore things and try things.
“Sure, it was a little bit risky – five forwards all the time! But it was fun!
“His personality was admirable, he reached out to people, he reached out to see the world. South America, Japan for many years, Paraguay, was one station, Israel another station, he never stopped.
“You had to admire that his brain was always seeking out new horizons, constantly challenging himself.
“For that he was a role model with what he has done, what he has achieved in his life – simply amazing.”
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the ground-breaking, historic transfer of Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa to Tottenham, the pair have a selection of shirts which can be signed. There is also a specially-designed range of exclusive Limited Edition retro shirts. And you can also join Ossie to watch a private screening of England v Spain on Saturday 8 September, plus a burger and beer deal, for just £10. Email Footba11legends@yahoo.com to book.