Settled Kaboul ready for derby
Younes Kaboul is ready for the North London derby after settling in during his second spell at Spurs.
Last Updated: 20/11/10 11:54am
Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul is ready for the North London derby after settling in during his second spell at the club.
The 24-year-old centre-half has made 11 appearances for Spurs this season following his return to White Hart Lane in January this year.
Kaboul, formerly of Auxerre, spent the 2007/08 campaign at Tottenham before Harry Redknapp took him to Portsmouth for £6million.
He followed Redknapp back to Spurs and has now shown the form that has convinced various managers to spend £19m on him during his career.
Kaboul is eagerly anticipating the clash with Arsenal on Saturday lunchtime, and says that his friendship with compatriot Bacary Sagna will have to be put on hold.
"I never knew of Arsenal against Spurs," he said in the Daily Express.
"Now I feel the passion. It is such a special game. You have to win it. We are going there today to do something but Arsenal are a tough team."
Of his relationship with Sagna, he added: "On the pitch you have no friends. Off the pitch? You can be the best of friends."
Kaboul reveals that he had the option of moving to Sunderland when he left Tottenham after falling out with then boss Juande Ramos, but says he is now happy where he is.
"They wanted me to go to Sunderland. But I said 'no' - I want to go where I want," he remarked.
"It is like business. Sometimes we agree, sometimes not. And when I came back here, everything went easy and in 24 hours it was all done.
"The past is all forgotten. I have a big character but I know where I want to go."