Gedson Fernandes has revealed why he chose to move to Tottenham Hotspur after snubbing West Ham United.
West Ham had been linked with the Portuguese wonderkid for the past two weeks.
Last week West Ham boss David Moyes even admitted an 18-month loan deal was close (whufc.com).
Sky Sports had claimed in several stories that West Ham were in talks with the 21-year-old and his club Benfica.
West Ham trumped by bitter rivals for Fernandes
The player had even sparked excitement by using a West Ham emoji in a social media post – but later deleted it.
It emerged over the weekend that Tottenham had entered the race.
West Ham fans are already furious with owners David Sullivan and David Gold for a multitude of reasons.
So they were angered further when Tottenham trumped the Hammers to the signing of Fernandes on an 18-month loan with an option to buy – a clause that was reportedly a sticking point for West Ham.
Tottenham fans were quick to mock West Ham about the deal, highlighting things like the huge difference in the club’s training ground facilities and pedigree of manager as reasons that might have swayed Fernandes’s decision.
Hammers mocked by fans
Many Hammers fans agreed and joined in by using it as a rod to beat the owners with.
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And sure enough in his first interview as a Spurs player, Fernandes highlighted the club’s facilities and Jose Mourinho as a big factor in his decision.
“I have no words to say about the stadium. I’ve never seen anything like this – it’s unbelievable!” Fernandes told Tottenham’s official website.
Fernandes reveals reasons he chose Spurs after West Ham snub
“The training ground is fantastic too, the people that I’ve met today are fantastic…
“All young players want to work with Jose Mourinho because he’s one of the best – all of us as players want to stay near the best, so it’s fantastic to work with him.
“The Premier League is a different competition – every player in the world wants to play in the Premier League. For me, it’s one more motivation because I always dreamed of playing in this league and now let’s make my dream come true. I think we’re going to do fantastic things because this is a fantastic Club.”