Honduran international says that he left White Hart Lane after being forced to play on with a knee injury.
Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Wilson Palacios has claimed that he was treated poorly towards the end of his two-and-a-half-year spell at White Hart Lane.
The 92-time Honduran international joined Spurs from Wigan Athletic for £12m in January 2009 and played a starring role as the London club secured a top-four finish in the following season.
Palacios then sustained a knee injury, but played on through the pain for Tottenham during their maiden campaign in the Champions League.
He says that he was disappointed with the treatment that he received at Spurs and claims that he was forced to leave in 2011, when he became Stoke City’s most expensive midfielder by moving to the Britannia Stadium for £6.5m.
“Tottenham was a difficult time,” Palacios told The Sun. “I felt they would look after me better after I played injured for them. I don’t feel they treated me well after the injury.”
Palacios’ Stoke carrer has yet to take off. He has only started 14 Premier League games in two and a half seasons in Staffordshire.
He is adamant that he still has plenty to offer and is desperate to show Stoke fans that he was worth the club’s significant outlay.
“For Pulis, I played on 42 minutes last season,” he added. “He bought me for about £6.5m and I don’t know why. I want to show the fans that I am not a lemon.
“I feel I haven’t given anything to Stoke for what they paid.”
Palacios, who was an unused substitute as Stoke lost 1-0 to his former employers on Saturday, has just over one year left on his current contract.