Kevin-Prince Boateng has opened up about his failed spell at Tottenham Hotspur.
The Ghanaian attacker was signed by Spurs for £5.4million from Hertha Berlin as a 20-year-old back in 2007.
Boateng arrived at White Hart Lane with plenty of expectation but was unable to deliver and was sold to Portsmouth in 2009, after a loan spell at Borussia Dortmund, having scored just one goal in 25 outings for the North London club.
The 29-year-old, now with Las Palmas in Spain, said the party lifestyle of the English capital quickly caught up with him.
“I looked old," Boateng told The Guardian of his time with Spurs.
“Every night I was out until six. I was like 95 kilos, swollen from the drinking and bad food.
“I said: 'This can't be me, I don't want to be that guy. I have something inside: I'm a football player.'
“I called my friends, two real friends, and they came. Together, we cleaned out my fridge and the house. That day, I said: 'No, stop it.'
“I didn't drink. I didn't go out. I started cooking; I wanted to eat healthily. From one day to the next. If I did it slowly, maybe I wouldn't do it. I needed a clean break."
Boateng, who has since played for AC Milan and Schalke, added: “Martin Jol told me he didn't want me after a month.
“So, it became me against the world. You know when you shut off? That was me. 'You don't want me? I'll enjoy life.'
“I realise now how bad it was: six days a week nightclubbing, drinking for almost a year. But I was only 20. You don't think things are going wrong.
“You see money coming in. 'OK, I get my fun somewhere else.' Girls, nightclubs, friends … Fake friends."