Tottenham Hotspur were one of a number of teams linked with Ukrainian winger Yevhen Konoplyanka this summer, but his recent comments suggest that London was never an option for him.
The former Dnipro winger who had earned rave reviews for his performances in the Ukrainian national team as well as on Dnipro's run to the Europa League final, eventually signed for the side that ensured he didn't take home a winners medal that night, as Konoplyanka weighed up a number of offers before deciding on Sevilla.
When asked recently why he picked Spain over England, Konoplyanka was laughably harsh on the Premier League as he claimed Spain is on a different level technically.
If I was two-and-a-half metres tall and didn’t know how to control a ball then I may have gone to England, but here, the football’s more technical. It’s the best.
I don’t regret coming to Spain. I didn’t receive many offers. Some came from the Premier League and Sevilla and Atlético from Spain, but I kept thinking that Sevilla were right for me.
That's like something Colin Farrell's character in 'In Bruges' would say.
Forget the likes of David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Juan Mata, Philippe Coutinho, Eden Hazard, and Alexis Sanchez, the Premier League is full of big donkeys who can't control a ball.
While clearly in terms of European competitions the Premier League is struggling, we've never heard a player publicly slam a league in such a way. Hopefully now Konoplyanka ends up signing for Stoke in a few years so we can all look back on this quote and laugh.
via The Guardian.