Tottenham Hotspur’s Ivan Perisic has been speaking on his role at the club, and how his relationship with Ryan Sessegnon has developed into something of a mentorship for the experienced Croatian star.

Perisic arrived at Tottenham early in the summer on a free transfer. The signing was regarded as something of a coup for Spurs, with Perisic bringing with him a wealth of experience, and winners medals to boot.

He’s made a decent start to life in North London too, with three assists to his name already this season (Transfermarkt).

As well as being a key player on the pitch for Antonio Conte, Perisic was also expected to have a big influence in the dressing room and on the training field among his teammates.

One player in particular looks set to benefit from Perisic’s presence the most, as Ryan Sessegnon continues his development as an accomplished left wing-back at Spurs.

Sessegnon and Perisic currently rotate in the role as Conte sees fit, but Sessegnon will ultimately be Tottenham’s first choice for the position once Perisic either moves on or calls it a day on his playing career.

Speaking to the press (via Football.London) ahead of Tottenham’s Champions League clash with Frankfurt, Perisic described the experience of helping other players on their footballing journey.

He said: “I know when I was younger, when I came in Germany, a lot of older players helped me because I didn’t speak German. They came to me and they showed me what I needed to do better and where I had to improve and to be better and help with the team.

“If I see that someone is not doing well or someone can do even better, then why not, I’m here to help also the younger players and this is important for the team.”

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We’ve already seen lots of examples of Perisic helping Sessegnon, relaying information and advice on the side of the pitch to the youngster. It’s brilliant to see, and in a way, it’s an added bonus of what you get with a player like Ivan Perisic.

First and foremost, his job at Spurs is to put in good performances on the pitch, but the fact he is willing to help the other players is a real testament to his character.

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