Tottenham summer signing admits Mourinho told him to ‘take responsibility’

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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has revealed that Jose Mourinho was instrumental in convincing him to leave Southampton to join Tottenham Hotspur this summer.

The midfielder spent four seasons at St Mary’s after joining from German giants Bayern Munich in the summer of 2016.

After a slow start to his career on the South Coast, the Denmark international came into his own after the arrival of Ralph Hasenhuttl, even going on to be appointed captain by the Austrian.

Tottenham’s pursuit of Hojbjerg was one of the worst kept secrets of the summer, with plenty of speculation linking the 25-year-old with a move to North London over the few months prior to the move being officially confirmed.

Hojbjerg is currently with Denmark ahead of their Nations League matches against Belgium and England, where the midfielder could come up against some of his new Spurs teammates in Harry Kane, Eric Dier, and Toby Alderweireld.

While on international duty, the former Saints star opened on the conversation he had with the Spurs boss before finalising his transfer.

He told Ekstra Bladet (as relayed by Football.London): “We have had some really good conversations where Mourinho has told me I have to make the team better and take responsibility. When a manager with such CV and ambitions wants you, it is difficult not to jump on the horse. So, in that way, it was not very complicated in the end to choose Tottenham.”

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Watching the Amazon documentary sheds new light on Tottenham’s summer activity and gives a better idea of why Jose wanted to bring in big characters. The dressing room atmosphere seemed pretty quiet (even when we won) and that is something the likes of Joe Hart will help fix with the energy he brings. It is clear with Hojbjerg that he has been signed for his leadership qualities and his demanding personality as much as he has for his footballing ability. He will not be shy of voicing his opinion in the dressing room and comes across as someone who can help get the team going.

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