Richarlison explained how a phone call from Antonio Conte secured Tottenham’s victory over London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea to his signature during the summer transfer window.
The Brazilian was the subject of interest from all three clubs, but he ended up signing for Tottenham in a deal worth £60m including add-ons, as he slowly made his way to the first XI.
But there has been a lot of interest in the former Everton striker, with Arsenal being linked for a long period of time and Chelsea He tries to pounce on him and steal him out of Tottenham’s grasp of late.
Speaking while in international service, quoted by passRicharlison opened his speech in the summer: “I was on vacation in Brazil when I heard that Tottenham had made an offer for Everton.
“I was happy because they are a huge team. Then it was all about the clubs negotiating a deal, and fortunately, it went well.”
He added: “Antonio Conte called me during the negotiations and expressed how much he wanted to include me – this was vital to my decision,” discussing the outside interest: “I know Chelsea made an offer, I think Arsenal also called Everton to ask about my situation, but Tottenham came and paid the fee, as You know? It’s that simple.”
The 25-year-old expressed his delight at his choice of Tottenham Hotspur, as he has so far managed to score two goals from his first six matches – a brace in Champions League against Marseille.