Carlos Vinicius says Tottenham wanted to sign him before returning to Benfica in the summer – but a deal fell through.
The striker joined Spurs on loan in October 2020 with a view to a permanent move.
Brazil scored ten goals in 22 matches, of which only 11 started for the North London club.
The 26-year-old was brought in by former manager Jose Mourinho and was a hit with fans and staff, despite his limited opportunities.
Vinicius was seen as the ideal back-up for Spurs talisman Harry Kane, but SunSport revealed in March how they were unwilling to pay Benfica £36m to make their stay permanent .
Tottenham were keen to keep him, but only the Portuguese side were willing to offer £17m.
Star Duct giants join PSV Eindhoven in August On a two year loan deal with an option to buy.
but this week he Portuguese football news website told Zero Zero It was likely that he could have stayed at Spurs.
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Asked if he thinks they want to sign him, he said: “Yes, sometimes Tottenham wanted to, but they couldn’t.
He said, ‘No comment is needed about Kane. He is a great striker. For me he is one of the top three strikers today.
“I’m glad I learned a lot, despite being his substitute. In that case, you have only two options: either let go or learn. And in the minutes they give you, prove your worth.
“That’s what I chose. I took advantage, gave my best, proved my worth and I believe the Tottenham staff, including the fans, loved it.”