Stambouli: PSG have taken a gamble on me

The midfielder is grateful to the Ligue 1 champions for giving him an opportunity to prove himself after a dismal season in England

Benjamin Stambouli has admitted that Paris Saint-Germain have taken a gamble in signing him from Tottenham Hotspur.

The 24-year-old completed the move to the Ligue 1 champions on Tuesday, after a disappointing season-long stay in the Premier League.

The midfielder failed to nail down a regular starting spot at White Hart Lane and admits that after such an underwhelming 2014-15 campaign, he is grateful to the French champions for giving him an unexpected chance to restore his reputation.

“It's true that PSG took a gamble," the former Montpellier player told reporters. "Being in England has helped me get experience. I'm highly motivated and ready to start showing what I can do at PSG.

“I’m arriving at a world famous club. England was my first step but this is a different level. I needed a few days to think about PSG's offer and I spoke to people about the club on the phone. I didn’t hesitate anymore after that.

"They said I should join for many reasons, the club like my behaviour and that I’m professional and I work very hard. 

“I didn’t play too much at Tottenham but my time in England was a necessary step for me to get where I am now.

"Being abroad has strengthened me. Being in England will help me integrate into the PSG team, I love England I love their working culture. My experience there was essential.

“I would’ve wanted to play more but it helped me get here."

The France Under-21 international is glad that Blanc intends to play him in his natural role, but insists he can be versatile.

“My preference is to play right in front of the defence," Stambouli added. "The coach told me I play best there.

"I've played in other positions, which is good because I get to see the game from a different point of view and it has helped me in my position. The coach told me the No.6 role is my best position."