'I am very happy': Player confirms he's about to sign for Tottenham Hotspur
Pierluigi Gollini has confirmed that he is moving to Tottenham Hotspur in quotes published by Tutto Mercato Web.
Gollini flew to Spurs last night, with his transfer expected to be formally announced in the near future.
On his way to the airport, the Italian goalkeeper spoke to journalists and confirmed that he was excited to get started at Tottenham.
He also praised Hugo Lloris, who is expected to compete with for Nuno’s side.
“I am very happy, difficult to leave my second home, thank Bergamo and the fans , I felt very loved and what we did will go down in history,” he said.
“I am grateful to Tottenham for this opportunity, I can’t wait to start.
“There was also the possibility of staying in Italy but Tottenham was the best opportunity and honestly, it was difficult to wear a shirt other than Atalanta right away. Goodbye due to Gasperini? There will be time to talk about everything. To play for the place with Lloris? He is a world champion, maximum respect for him, for me it is an honor compare myself with him.”
Loan with view to buy
Gollini initially will sign for Tottenham on loan, although the move is expected to become permanent if he plays a set number of games.
Tottenham will have to pay £13 million to land him if the deal does go through, as Sky Sports have reported.
The 26-year-old’s arrival really does put pressure on Lloris’s place in the team too.
While Lloris is likely to start the season in goal for Spurs, and dips in form – which he suffered with last season – could well see Gollini given a run.
Gollini’s arrival also puts Joe Hart’s future at Spurs into doubt, as he may well become third choice now.