Ivan Perisic has admitted that his move to Tottenham Hotspur was verbally agreed just a couple of days after Antonio Conte’s men secured Champions League football.
Perisic could make his competitive debut in Spurs’ season opener against Southampton on Saturday, with the fans at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium desperate to get their first look at the Croat.
The 33-year-old has shown some glimpses of his class in the club’s last two pre-season friendlies against Rangers and Roma after recovering from an injury that he picked up towards the end of last season.
In an interview with Sky Sports (Football Daily), Perisic has admitted that he knew the Lilywhites would secure Champions League football after they thrashed Arsenal 3-0 in the North London derby back in May.
🗣 "When they won against Arsenal, It was obvious they were going to reach the Champions League, Like I said, I always wanted to play Champions League."
Ivan Perisic says once Tottenham secured Champions League football the deal moved quickly pic.twitter.com/2NY7QT1Llu
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) August 3, 2022
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Pipping Arsenal to fourth place towards the end of last season has ended up proving crucial in attracting the type of players we have this summer. I am not sure if the likes of Perisic, Richarlison, Bissouma and Lenglet would have chosen us above other options had we not qualified for the Champions League.
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