Richarlison admits he joined Spurs partly due to Everton’s ‘lack of ambition’

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Richarlison has revealed that while he had a strong connection with Everton, he made the decision to join Tottenham this summer in order to fulfil his ambitions.

Richarlison spent four seasons at Everton and the Brazilian’s goals proved crucial in helping the Toffees preserve their Premier League status last season.

Some eyebrows were raised when Tottenham paid £60m including add-ons (Sky Sports) to sign the 25-year-old from Goodison Park this summer.

Some questioned whether the forward would even get into Spurs’ starting eleven, given how well the front three of Harry Kane, Son Heung-min Dejan Kulusevski had done last season.

However, Richarlison has shown already that he offers something different to the other Tottenham forwards both on and off the ball, and has quickly won over both Antonio Conte and the Spurs fans.

The forward has now opened up on the tough decision he had to make to leave Everton and admitted that he is excited about his new challenge at Spurs.

Richarlison told FourFourTwo: “It’s always a tough call when you have such strong connections with your club, and that was definitely the case for me. I was happy at Everton and I’m grateful for everything I learned there. It’s a big club with a lot of history.

“However, perhaps they’re suffering with a lack of ambition nowadays. You know, that eagerness to win matches and trophies. I spent four years there and I could see there was still a very long way to go to achieve big things.

“I felt it was the right time to move on, and the club also had to make some money. It was a good deal for everyone involved. I’m delighted with this new challenge at Spurs.”

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Richarlison certainly wore his heart on his sleeve during his four years at Everton and he has done the same since his move to Tottenham. While it is still early days, I can see the Brazilian potentially staying at Spurs for a long time, perhaps even longer than the time he spent at Goodison Park.

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