New Tottenham signing Gedson Fernandes has revealed playing in the Premier League was one of the motivating factors behind his loan move.
The Portugal international's transfer from Benfica was confirmed on Wednesday morning, with Spurs taking him on loan until the end of the 2020/21 season, when they will have the chance to make the deal a permanent one.
While West Ham and Chelsea were previously credited with an interest in Fernandes it is Tottenham who sealed the deal, and the 21-year-old's first interview with the club,
"For me, it’s one more motivation because I always dreamed of playing in this league and now let’s make my dream come true. I think we’re going to do fantastic things because this is a fantastic club.”
Fernandes, who was out of favour at Benfica after falling out with head coach
The midfielder added that he is excited to work with manager Jose Mourinho and vowed to work hard to earn a spot in the team.
“I have no words to say about the stadium. I’ve never seen anything like this - it’s unbelievable!
“The training ground is fantastic too, the people that I’ve met today are fantastic. I know the squad because I’ve watched some games, I have some references like Moussa Sissoko, I know a little bit about Eric Dier because he played in Portugal and I know the coach because he’s a big coach - I know about the staff a little bit as well because one of my friends last year played at Lille, so he spoke with me a little bit about the staff.
“This is a fantastic challenge that I have accepted and I have to win my challenge. I want to make good things - let’s see!”