Tottenham Hotspur made one of the summer’s marquee signings when they brought Richarlison from Everton to Spurs. The north London side bought the Brazilian striker for a club-record fee in the region of £60 million.
As Spurs begin preparations for the upcoming season, the 26-year-old spoke with the club’s official website about his move from Goodison Park to Tottenham. Richarlison recalled when the transfer was made official, and he was heading to north London.
“It feels like a dream,” said Richarlison. “I remember when I was in Brazil and came the offer from Tottenham, I couldn’t believe it. And after I signed the contract, even more so. When I arrived here, it gave me a chill in my stomach to see my new teammates and a new home.
One of the aspects that likely played a role in Richarlison signing with Spurs was the prospect of playing UEFA Champions League football this upcoming season. The Brazilian spoke about making his debut in the competition with Tottenham, which he says is a dream come true for him.
“It’s a dream, isn’t it?” Richarlison added. “I was even commenting with my friends that (watching on) the TV gave us goosebumps, just listening to the theme song. Now I can be inside the stadium, listening to that music at the start of the match and playing the Champions League.”
“I always said it was my dream to play in the Champions League, and now this dream will come true. And let’s see what will happen; I hope to start this Champions League on the right foot.”
Richarlison added that was he hears the Champions League music before an upcoming match is when the reality will sink in him that he’s playing at the highest level of competition at the club level.
“I don’t know, maybe I can cry because it will be a special moment,” Richarlison said. “To be there playing the Champions League, which I only watched on TV until last year, I was there on the sofa in my house, watching the Champions League, and I said it was my time to play there. All the players dream of playing in this great competition, so I think when the time comes, I’ll be quite emotional.”