Chelsea talent Nathan has been speaking about Tottenham Hotspur’s interest in him prior to his move to Stamford Bridge. The Brazilian attacking midfielder joined Chelsea from Atletico Paranaense in the summer of 2015. As reported by The Guardian, the then-teenage midfielder signed in a deal worth around £4.5 million.
It came after his excellent performances with the Brazilian under-17s and Chelsea had high hopes for his future. But they were not the only London club keen on the player.
Nathan has been speaking to O Tempo’s Super FC about his move to England, and the interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid. He even received a shirt from Spurs, signed by Brazilian countryman and former Spurs midfielder Sandro.
“Tottenham and Real Madrid (approached me). My father went to the Santiago Bernabéu when they were negotiating for James Rodríguez. The two were the main teams along with Chelsea. My father went to the stadiums, talked to the presidents. But we chose Chelsea for the reputation of hiring young players and putting them to play. That motivated me to go there.
“It’s true (Tottenham made me a shirt). Real Madrid also gave me a Cristiano Ronaldo shirt. Tottenham made me one with my name and number 10.”
Tottenham Hotspur will have been disappointed to have missed out on Nathan but, so far, they have not been made to pay for the failure.
Nathan has not yet played a single game for Chelsea. He spent his first two seasons on loan at Vitesse before a disappointing loan spell at Amiens was cur short in January 2018. He had a better six-month campaign at Belenenses but is currently back in Brazil on loan at Atletico Mineiro until January 2020.
He has had to turn things around back in his homeland after initially struggling and Tottenham are probably not currently losing any sleep over the failure to sign the midfielder.
Nathan, on the other hand, might be wondering if a move to Tottenham might have actually been better for him in hindsight.
Time will tell if he can prove himself at Chelsea. However, based on his current impact since the move, Tottenham will not be too disappointed.