Richarlison gives his first interview since leaving Everton for Spurs
‘The offer came from Tottenham, I couldn’t believe it’: Richarlison gives his first interview since leaving Everton for Spurs in a £60m move – as the Brazilian describes playing in the Champions League like a “dream”
- Richarlison swapped Everton for Spurs earlier this summer in a deal worth £43m
- The Brazilian has described Antonio Conte as one of the ‘best coaches in the world’
- Everton and Watford alumni pass on one of many early window signings
Richarlison has described playing in the Champions League as a “dream” as he prepares for his first pre-season at Tottenham.
The Brazilian, 25, joined Spurs from Everton last month in a £60m deal and gave his first interview since swapping Merseyside for north London.
Speaking to Tottenham’s media wing, Richarlison described his joy at signing for Spurs and their new manager, Antonio Conte, who he said was “one of the best managers in the world”.
Richarlison gave his first interview after moving to Tottenham from Everton this summer
He said: “I am very happy for this moment.
“I remember when I was in Brazil and I got the offer from Tottenham, I couldn’t believe it. And after signing the contract, even more so. When I arrived here, I had a thrill to see my new teammates and a new home.
“Now it’s about working with the great coach I have, with great teammates too. I hope to make history here with this shirt.
Meanwhile, Richarlison’s move will give him his first taste of Champions League football after Spurs propelled Arsenal to fourth place at the end of last season.
Richarlison posed in a Tottenham shirt in his first interview after joining the club
The Brazilian signed for the north London club in a £60million deal before describing the possibility of playing in the Champions League as a “dream”.
Speaking ahead of his likely September debut in Europe’s premier club competition, Richarlison said it was a “dream” to be able to play there and said he might “cry” hearing the famous anthem for the first time.
“It’s a dream, isn’t it?” he said. “I was even commenting with my friends that (watching) TV gave us goosebumps, just listening to the theme song. Now I can be inside the stadium, listen to this music at the start of the game and play the Champions League.
“I always said it was my dream to play in the Champions League, and now that dream will come true. And let’s see what happens, I hope to start this Champions League on the right foot.
“I don’t know, maybe I can cry, because it will be a special moment,” he said in response to a question about his feelings when he first heard the anthem.
The striker said it was a privilege to have the chance to play under Antonio Conte
“He’s one of the best coaches in the world, isn’t he? Richarlison said of Antonio Conte
“To be there playing the Champions League, which I only watched on TV until last year, I was there on the sofa in my house, watching the League of champions, and I said it was my time to play it.
“All players dream of playing in this great competition. I will be quite emotional.
Richarlison then spoke about his new coach, Conte, and said it was a “privilege” to be able to play under him.
“He’s one of the best coaches in the world, isn’t he? »
So it’s a privilege to be here, to be trained by him. I think I will learn a lot working with him.