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'This is huge': Ossie Ardiles says there's some 'very good news' for Spurs

Spurs legend Ossie Ardiles believes Giovani Lo Celso’s Copa America triumph with Argentina is “very good news” for Tottenham.

The Spurs midfielder featured regularly in the tournament en route to his nation’s first major trophy in nearly 30 years.

Lo Celso started in the quarter-final win against Ecuador, the semi-final against Colombia and the final against Brazil.

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Angel Di Maria’s goal against the Selecao secured a first major title for Argentina since 1993.


And Ardiles believes Spurs will reap the benefits of Lo Celso’s impressive Copa America campaign.

“For this generation, especially Lionel Messi, this is huge for them,” Ardiles told the Tottenham website. “And Gio had a very good tournament.

“At the beginning he wasn’t playing so much, but he ended one of the starters.

“And I’m very happy for him and that is very good news for Spurs as well because he will come back with a lot of confidence. This will mean a lot.”

“He’s been unlucky”

Ardiles acknowledged that the change of culture and playing style can take some getting used to.

And he also noted how Lo Celso has been unlucky with injuries, but is hopeful the 25-year-old will make an impact next term.

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“The transition is not easy, not easy at all,” added Ardiles.

“The pace of the game in England is quicker, much more difficult, for example in South America.

“You have more time on the ball, more time to think, you don’t get that in the Premier League.

“Having said that, Giovani has adjusted very well to the Premier League and in a lot of ways he’s been unlucky.

“He had an injury when he first arrived playing for Argentina and later on, he had to deal with some tricky injuries.

“Fingers crossed, he will be important for us next season.”

Lo Celso joined Spurs permanently last summer for a reported £28.8million after arriving on loan from Real Betis a year earlier.

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