Last Updated: Tue, 16 Jul 2013 10:47
Highly-rated Croatian youngster Tin Jedvaj has revealed he turned down a move to Tottenham in favour of a switch to Roma.
The 17-year-old claims Spurs did their best to try and persuade him to go to White Hart Lane, and they weren't the only club in for him, but he is convinced that he has made the right decision.
Roma have shelled out £4.3m to bring the defender to Serie A and Jedvaj says he is determined to repay them as quickly as possible for having faith in him.
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas had been quietly confident about his chances of sealing a deal for the Croatian Under-19 before he opted to move to Roma instead on a three-year contract.
He told Roma's official website: "I had many clubs who were interested in me, it's useless doing names.
"The most important thing is being here. This is a club with a big history, with big names on the pitch.
"In the last weeks, there had been a strong interest from Tottenham, but Roma did a strong negotiation and now I'm happy to be in this group.
"My hope is to win titles, to repay the faith the club showed me and to show myself at the best of my potential to help Roma getting a European place."
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