Tottenham midfielder Giovani Lo Celso has put in several good displays over the past few weeks after a slow start to life in North London.
The Argentine international scored Tottenham’s opener in the 2-1 win over Middlesbrough in the FA Cup third-round replay on Tuesday, which was only his second goal since signing for Spurs on a loan deal last summer.
Jose Mourinho had words of praise for Lo Celso recently and suggested that he is slowly adapting to the Premier League (Football.London).
Spurs have the option of buying the midfielder permanently this month for £27 million but if they don’t take up the option, they will have an obligation to buy him for £34 million in the summer if they qualify for the Champions League (the Sun).
With Lo Celso’s recent upturn in form, the chances of him being a permanent Tottenham player has certainly gone up but it turns out that the former PSG midfielder could have been playing for another Premier League club had things turned out differently.
Speaking to the club’s matchday programme ahead of the game against Boro on Tuesday, the midfielder admitted that he could have joined Everton when he was younger.
Lo Celso said, “During my time with Rosario, there was interest from England, Everton were interested, but I was very young and my dream, and that of my family, was for me to begin my career in the first team of Rosario Central, because it was my boyhood club,” said the ex-Paris Saint-Germain man.
“After that of course I considered the possibility of playing in Europe. I feel lucky that I have been able to fulfil my first dream of playing for Rosario.
“I can look back to when I started to where I am playing now and I am very grateful for these opportunities I have had so far in my life.
“They are not things that happen to all players, so I try to take advantage of it and enjoy it a lot.”
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With Eriksen now looking like he is joining Inter, I can certainly see Lo Celso playing a more important role for us in the second half of the season. I believe it is in our best interest to make the deal permanent this month rather than wait till the summer as it is clear that he is going to be a fantastic option to have once he is fully adapted to the league.
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