Djurgarden defender Jonas Olsson has told the Swedish media he was close to signing for Tottenham Hotspur in 2012. The 33-year-old yesterday returned to Sweden after a thirteen year absence from football in his home country.

Speaking to Expessen, Olsson revealed former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp wanted to sign him a few seasons ago, and the move was close to completion. However, the former Sweden international said when Redknapp was fired by Tottenham, being replaced by Andre Villas-Boas, the deal collapsed.

“It was close. Usually it’s just rumours but this was pretty close to be being done. Then Harry was fired and they brought in Andre Villas-Boas, so it never happened,” said the Swede on his proposed move to Tottenham.

Olsson spent nine seasons at West Bromwich Albion after joining the club from Dutch side NEC in 2008. However, the veteran struggled to get games with the Premier League side this season, and by mutual his contract was terminated this week.

Tottenham would have been a great move for the Swede, but managerial changes took the chance away from him.