Jose Mourinho was a major factor in Gedson Fernandes’ decision to join Tottenham, the Benfica loanee has revealed.
Fernandes moved to Spurs for an initial 18-month stint on Wednesday, becoming Mourinho’s first signing for the London club.
There is an option for the deal to be made permanent for a reported €50 million (£42.8m).
For now, though, Portugal international Fernandes is relishing the prospect of working with compatriot Mourinho and playing in the Premier League for the first time.
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“All young players want to work with Jose Mourinho because he’s one of the best – all of us as players want to stay near the best, so it’s fantastic to work with him,” the 21-year-old told Tottenham’s official website.
“The Premier League is a different competition – every player in the world wants to play in the Premier League. 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.
“I’m very happy to be here – I make my dream a reality.
“I will try to give my best for the club every day, in every training session and in every game and I will try to help the team wherever I can, working hard every day for this shirt.”
Spurs, who progressed to the FA Cup fourth round with a 2-1 win over Middlesbrough on Tuesday, travel to Watford in the league on Saturday.