Spurs capture Gedson Fernandes in front of West Ham and Chelsea


The Portuguese connection started working in London as the sides from England's capital West Ham United, Chelsea, and Tottenham were all vying for Benfica's midfielder Gedson Fernandes but the Spurs managed to capture the young player.

Benfica actually agreed deals with both the Hammers and the Spurs but the Portuguese player decided on north London because of his compatriot Jose Mourinho.

Spurs are in desperate need of numbers in the centre of the pitch and their fans can relax a bit with the capture of the Portuguese player who arrives on an 18-month loan. The club confirmed there is an option to buy the player and English media suggests it's set at €50,000,000.

Gedson spoke to the club in quite good English, which is bound to make his transitional period easier and shorter.

"I'm very happy to be here today – I make my dream a reality. For me, it’s one big dream to come to this big club. I will try to give my best for the club every day, in every training session and in every game and I will try to help the team wherever I can, working hard every day for this shirt," started Gedson.

Gedson explained what he knows about the side and how he informed himself of his teammates and staff using all the resources players can. Starting by exclaiming his admiration for Tottenham's new ground.

"I have no words to say about the stadium. I’ve never seen anything like this – it’s unbelievable! The training ground is fantastic too, the people that I’ve met today are fantastic. I know the squad because I’ve watched some games, I have some references like Moussa Sissoko, I know a little bit about Eric Dier because he played in Portugal and I know the coach because he’s a big coach – I know about the staff a little bit as well because one of my friends last year played at Lille, so he spoke with me a little bit about the staff."

Player's families usually join them in their new clubs, changing cities, but for Edson is the other way around as his family members moved to London to find work while he was in Portugal.

"It’s a hard story. My family, they came to London because in Portugal, work is very hard and it’s very difficult to find work. They did not have a brilliant life but they have a good life here and this is one more motivation for me to be here today. Yes, they will help me to settle here."

Gedson, who will wear the #30 shirt and plays in the centre of midfield was asked if there's a player he models himself after.

"Maybe Cristiano because he is a Portuguese player and he can break all the records. He tries to win every day so I have to try to follow the same thing."


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