Emerson Royal reveals what happened in the hours leading up to his Spurs transfer

Emerson Royal
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Emerson Royal has been speaking about the hours leading up to his departure from Barcelona.

The Brazilian defender completed a deadline day move to Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of  €25million (£21.4million).

Emerson admitted that he has been left ‘hurt’ by the way which the Catalan giants have dealt with his future, having assumed that they wanted him to stay.

The 22-year-old started Barcelona’s La Liga clash against Getafe on Sunday and headed into training the following day as usual, only to hear of talk that the club had entered into talks with Tottenham and his fate was sealed in the afternoon when he was informed of their decision to sell him.

He told Marca: “There I already started to see that there were many things, that Tottenham spoke with Barcelona, that they had almost done it. I didn’t understand anything that was happening because I didn’t know anything.

“By the afternoon, the club called me because they wanted to speak with me and there they told me they wanted to sell.”

He revealed that Barcelona explained their reason for accepting Tottenham’s offer was down to the financial predicament which the La Liga outfit are currently experiencing and reiterated his desire to remain at the Nou Camp, since it was his dream, only for it to fall on deaf ears.

Emerson added “They [the clubs directors] began to tell me that the club’s situation was not good, that it [the club] was going through a difficult time and that it was better for them to sell,” 

“I repeated my intention to stay because I had a dream of playing here and contribute to Barcelona.”

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It appears that Emerson was unfairly treated by Barcelona and despite keeping him in the dark, he still wanted to remain at the club.

Hopefully, he will soon put his disappointment behind him and battle for the right-back position in North London where he will come up against competition from Japhet Tanganga and Matt Doherty.

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