According to ESPN FC, Mexico forward Giovani dos Santos claims he would have rejected offers from Tottenham Hotspur and Atletico Madrid in order to join the MLS to play for the LA Galaxy.
Dos Santos’ moved from Villarreal to La Galaxy in the MLS back in July 2015 was widely criticised in Mexico, reports ESPN FC. However, the Mexican insists he isn’t regretting his decision to leave La Liga and join LA Galaxy.
Dos Santos joined Barcelona’s La Masia at the age of 11. Failing to establish himself in the first-team, he moved to Tottenham Hotspur in 2008.
The Mexican spent four years at White Hart Lane from 2008-2012 but failed to make an impact and was deemed as a big flop. However, asked if he would have chosen Spurs or stay in Spain by moving to Atletico Madrid, Dos Santos was clear that he would still have picked LA Galaxy.
“If I take myself back to the moment of making the decision and if in that moment they’d have called from the teams you mentioned, I’d have chosen Galaxy,” Dos Santos told ESPN FC.
“I’m happy with the decision I’ve taken. I get up in the morning and I’m happy and that is what is important for me in the end. I greet my family, my brothers, my parents. Me being happy doesn’t have a price.”
Despite representing Mexico more than 100 times, Dos Santos spent his entire career in Europe before moving to MLS but had encouraging words for the Liga MX.
“[My brother and I] haven’t played in Liga MX and the only way that we can criticize as far as a league is concerned is the league we play in,” he added.
“We know the quality that there is here. We respect the football in Liga MX. It is great. It’s one of the best in the world aside from the European leagues. Every league has its degree of difficulty.”
After moving to Spurs from Barcelona in 2008, Dos Santos struggled to cope with the demands of the Premier League. However, he did show flashes of brilliance in his four-year spell at White Hart Lane but failed to become a regular first-team player then.