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DONE DEAL? Tottenham boss Mourinho announces Lo Celso signing

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has announced the permanent signing of Giovani Lo Celso.

Lo Celso arrived from Real Betis in the summer on a season-long loan deal, holding the option to make the move permanent for £27m in January or £34m at the end of the season.

The Argentine struggled for minutes in the opening months of the season but has grown in influence of late and was again instrumental as Tottenham were held 1-1 by Southampton in the FA Cup.

"I think the boy is earning the decision [to sign him]," Mourinho told reporters.

"He's making an easy decision for the club to execute the option.

"Incredible evolution since I arrived. Barely played a game, I think he played against Red Star Belgrade, with me a little bit difficult to come in the first few weeks.

"But he understood what we wanted. Good learner, good kid.

"By himself he made the decision that the club is going to execute the option. That's normal, he earned it."

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