Sol Campbell's move across the north London divide was one of the most controversial transfers in English soccer's recent history. He left Tottenham Hotspur for local rival Arsenal in the summer of 2001 on a free transfer. The move sparked a campaign of vitriol against him by scorned Tottenham supporters that lasts to this day.
He has rarely spoken on record about the move, but on Saturday, he spoke to SkySports about his decision.
"Other clubs around Europe were looking at me, but I just had to look at the team really. I was surrounded by world-class players." He said.
"I would do it again because [of] the type of players I was surrounded by. … Me personally, I might never be surrounded by those players again."
Campbell has not officially retired from playing professional soccer, but he is certainly in the twilight of his playing days. He has played in spurts the last two years, but is thought to be looking to join a club during the 2011-12 season.
In his prime, Campbell was one of the world's best central defenders. He won two English Premier League Championships and three FA Cups for Arsenal and anchored the unbeaten 2003-04 Arsenal team dubbed "The Invincibles."
He played five seasons for Arsenal, before joining Portsmouth for three more years beginning in 2006.
See the video below for Campbell's comments.
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