Tottenham’s newest signing, Pedro Porro, has admitted that it was difficult to move from Portugal to England this year, especially considering the transfer saga it took to make the switch happen.
Porro to Tottenham was one of the leading stories of the January transfer window, with Sporting allegedly moving the goalposts at the last minute to strike an even better deal with Spurs (The Athletic).
In the end, Daniel Levy and go agreed on a deal that would see Porro join on a £5m loan with an obligation to buy him for £39m (Sky Sports).
Spurs also had to part ways with 15 per cent of the sell-on clause they held for former academy graduate, Marcus Edwards.
Porro has now claimed that moving to England without much of a grasp on the language was tricky for him, but he had Eric Dier to help for his smooth transition.
Dier made the move from Sporting to Spurs himself back in 2014.
On the last few days of the January window, Porro said (Sport TV 15/03/23 via Record and SportWitness): “The last days were a bit intense, it was difficult, but I had to move on with my life.”
On the switch to Spurs, he added: “It’s been a big change, but I think I’m doing well.
“The first few weeks were tough because of the language, I didn’t understand English very well, but now I understand it better, and I hope it stays that way because that will be the most important thing.”
“I was well received. I had already played against them for Sporting, in the Champions League, so they already knew me. As I said, I was well received from the first day, and I also tried to adapt to them.
“Dier helped me a lot because, soon on the first day, he sent me a message offering to help with anything I needed. It helps a lot in a new country with new colleagues.
“I can only say that I am grateful to him as he helped me a lot.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
People may question Dier, but he is a leader in the squad away from the pitch even if his form drops on the pitch. I still think he is a great squad option to have, but Spurs need to spend big on two new starting centre-backs this summer.
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