Bryan Gil has admitted that he was sceptical about whether his loan move to Sevilla would go through but revealed that he is over the moon to return to the club where his footballing journey started.
Gil did see opportunities come his way in January as Antonio Conte was without several of his attacking options and the Spaniard grabbed them with both hands.
However, the 21-year-old seemingly dropped further down the pecking order after Tottenham bolstered their forward line with the addition of Arnaut Danjuma on loan from Villarreal last week.
Two and a half years after Spurs paid £25m plus Erik Lamela (Goal) to snap up the winger from Sevilla, the club announced on Monday that the youngster had been loaned back to the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium.
On completing his return to Sevilla, Gil said (via Football.London): “Sevilla is the club that has seen me grow and where I have been happy.
“It is the club of my life, I did not expect to return and when my agent said so, I told him not to look anymore. The affection that both my family and I have for this club is incredible. It is a club that represents me, I made my debut at the age of 17 on Three Kings Day.”
The winger said that although he struggled to adapt to the demands of the Premier League, he is a better player thanks to his experience in North London.
He added: “In the Premier League the physical level is noticeable, the referees allow more, but the less physical players can also stand out if you adapt well.
“This season is when I have gone the most to the gym to improve that physique, because my constitution is not the same as Pape Gueye’s, for example. I think I have improved. Before, I used to catch the ball and have fun dribbling. I started the year playing and I feel good physically.”
The Spain international admitted that he and his brother were overjoyed when they heard a couple of days ago that Tottenham had given the green light for the loan move.
He said: “The first reaction was one of maximum joy, I wanted to come and in the end, it was done.
“My agent called me yesterday to travel this morning and it is a maximum joy as I say. My brother must have cried, I carry it inside. I didn’t want the option to fall and I didn’t tell anyone, you prepare it and it doesn’t turn out so well.”
He also thanked his former club and his former boss, Jorge Sampaoli, for trusting in him.
Gil added on Sevilla: “It’s where I want to be, I have to focus on the present, I have to take advantage of these six months and enjoy. Sevilla made a terrible effort, I insisted a lot that the best thing was to come here and I thank the club for trusting me once again.
“I am very happy and excited to return to the club that saw me grow. I will have to earn Sampaoli’s confidence to play the maximum possible minutes. All experiences add up.
“I went out on loan to Eibar, individually it was my best year despite the relegation, then I went to London and it was difficult for me to adapt, but it all adds up, since every experience makes you a better player and a better person.”
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Based on what Gil has been saying since his switch, it seems like he never really adapted to life in England off the pitch either. It now appears quite unlikely that the player will prove successful at Spurs as he seems to lack the determination to do so. I would not be surprised if Tottenham listen to offers for the 21-year-old in the summer.
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