Gylfi Sigurdsson spurned Liverpool's advances because he believes Tottenham are a club that is going places, the Iceland midfielder has revealed.
Sigurdsson, 22, had been linked with Swansea, where he was on loan last season, and the midfielder confirmed there was also strong interest from Liverpool, who are now managed by former Swans boss Brendan Rodgers. But Sigurdsson opted to move to White Hart Lane after a meeting with the Spurs' hierarchy.
"I enjoyed playing under Brendan and I am grateful for everything he has done for me, but after careful consideration I liked Spurs best," Sigurdsson told Icelandic website mbl.is.
"The team has world-class players in their ranks and they play good football, which I like.
"I was impressed with the club's plans for next season and the coming years. There is clearly great ambition at Tottenham and the club intends to do big things.
"It is a pleasure to see that Gareth Bale has signed a new contract. There are top players in the team and the club is getting a new training ground."
Sigurdsson joined Swansea on loan from Hoffenheim last season and netted seven times in 19 appearances for the Welsh side. Swansea had agreed a £6.8million fee, and personal terms with the player, but Rodgers' departure to Liverpool scuppered the deal.
The midfielder has already spoken to Andre Villas-Boas, who was named as Harry Redknapp's replacement on Tuesday, and is looking forward to working under the Portuguese.
"I like him and the ideas he has," Sigurdsson added. "He has faith in me and I'm looking forward to working under his leadership."