Premier League club Tottenham have completed the signing of Ivan Perisic on a free transfer.
The 33-year-old Croatian midfielder, who could play as a full-back, attacking midfielder, second striker, or defender, signed a two-year contract on Tuesday, May 31, to be one of the first players signed by Antonio Conte in the summer window. .
After signing for the club, Perisic told Spurs’ official website; “When I contacted the coach and the sporting director, I told them that I really wanted to come to the Premier League since 2009 when I started playing professional football in Belgium.”
“It’s a privilege to work with a coach like Antonio. It’s been a perfect year for Inter, and I’m very happy to see him again. He lives football every minute, hour after hour every day, even when he’s asleep thinking about it.
“I’ve been watching the last two or three games and, after winning over Arsenal, it was clear Tottenham would reach the Champions League, and it was good for me because I wanted to play in the big games.”
Inter Milan chief executive Giuseppe Marotta admits he was determined to keep Perisic this summer, but could not convince him to extend his stay in Milan.
“There are regrets,” Marotta said Monday. “But he wanted to try a new experience in the Premier League.
“We were not in a position to offer better promises, his choices were based on a different future than the current one. Great respect for that and great gratitude to him as well.”
Perisic, who has played 113 games for Croatia and scored in the 2018 World Cup finals, has been with Inter since 2015. He won Serie A last season under Tottenham head coach Conte after spending the 2019-20 season on loan at Bayern Munich where he was promoted. Champions League.