"I was wrong to join Liverpool; ...but couldn't bear the thought of joining Tottenham" - Joe Cole

Joe Cole has admitted he was wrong to move to Liverpool — but could not bear the thought of signing for Spurs.

The midfielder spent over two years in the Anfield wilderness before returning to first club West Ham in January.

And the ex-England player admits he never adapted to life at the Kop and regrets calling Liverpool ‘the biggest club in the country’.

Cole, 31, revealed: “I can only play for teams that I’m passionate about and I think that’s what went wrong for me at Liverpool.

“I didn’t feel a connection with the club or the place that I had at Chelsea and West Ham.

“I had seven great years at Chelsea but the club wanted to go in a certain direction and I wasn’t involved. So I was left with two real options — Liverpool or Spurs.

“Spurs was probably the best option because they were offering me a five-year deal and it meant I could stay in familiar surroundings.

“But I just couldn’t do it, I just couldn’t see myself pulling that Spurs shirt over my head.”

Now Cole admits West Ham will be his last club. He said: “I was missing London and my family and I had a personal tragedy in December when my brother-in-law died.

“I got an opportunity to go back to West Ham and I don’t want to move any more.”


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