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Tottenham signing Perisic: I've been chasing Prem move for 13 years

Ivan Perisic is thrilled to have finally landed in the Premier League with Tottenham.

Perisic joins Spurs from Inter Milan in a Bosman deal, signing a two-year contract in the process.

He said: “From the first time I was in contact with the coach and sporting director I told them that I really wanted to come here.

“Ever since 2009, when I started playing professional football in Belgium, I was so close a few times to coming to the Premier League and, at last, this is the moment. I can't wait.

“I'm going to bring, first of all, a lot of hard work. I like to work a lot, I like to work for the team because only like this you can win something important. I can play several positions in the system Tottenham is playing now. I will bring a lot of experience as well, I've played for a lot of great clubs and, like I said, I can't wait to start to play, to train and give my best."

Perisic's arrival at Spurs brings him back together with manager Antonio Conte – he featured 42 times, including 32 of 38 Serie A matches, as Conte guided Inter to their first Scudetto since 2009/10 in 2020/21.

“It's a privilege to work again with a coach like this," said Perisic. “We did well at Inter, won the league after 10 or 11 years, it was a perfect year. I'm really happy to see him again. I think we're going to do some good things here in England.

“He's living football, every minute, every hour, every day, even when he's sleeping, he's thinking about football! He's so passionate. He wants to win. I like his character and I know we're going to do a great job here.

“Like I said, I can't wait to start, to train, to play in this amazing stadium, I think we will have a great time and we can do a great job here."

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