Borussia Dortmund's Sebastian Rode has revealed he rejected an offer from Tottenham Hotspur before moving to the Westfalenstadion.
Rode, 25, joined Dortmund on a four-year deal from Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich on Monday, after making just 17 appearances at the Allianz Arena last season.
The tough-tackling midfielder became the fourth player to join the German runners-up this summer after Marc Bartra, Ousmane Dembele and Mikel Merino, but Dortmund were not his only option.
Asked if there was an offer from Spurs, Rode told Germany daily Bild: "Yes, that's true. And I listened to it, but again: the transfer to BVB was a matter of the heart."
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Rode, who has said he supported Dortmund in his youth, revealed that Dortmund head-coach Thomas Tuchel was "crucial" in his decision to reject a move to Spurs.
"I've known Tuchel since he was a youth coach at Mainz back when I still played for Offenbacher Kickers," he added.
"I had very, very convincing talk with Tuchel before my signature. My decision that it can only be Dortmund was certain after that."