New Tottenham signing Gylfi Sigurdsson says he did not take much convincing to join the north London club.
As Spurs prepare to face Liverpool in Baltimore, the Icelandic midfielder believes the club is positioned for a strong future, one that he wants to be a part of.
“Everything (about the team is attractive). There’s a new training ground, it’s a massive club with fantastic players,” Sigurdsson told Goal.com. “There’s talk about a new stadium. The ambition of the club is really high.”
Sigurdsson spent last season on loan at Swansea from Hoffenheim, his first year in the Premier League. It was expected he would follow his coach at Swansea, Brendan Rodgers, in joining Liverpool.
Instead, Sigurdsson declined Rodgers’ offer and joined Tottenham in a seven million-pound deal, and hopes the team can continue to build on their fourth-place finish last season – which ultimately meant missing out on the Champions League after Chelsea’s historic triumph.
“Tottenham missing out on the Champions League was really unlucky,” Sigurdsson said. “It’s a fantastic team and hopefully we can continue to do what we did last season.”
The 22-year-old was Andre Villas-Boas’ first signing as Spurs boss, and he was impressed with Tottenham’s decision to hire him as manager.
“He didn’t really have to sell himself because what he did at Porto was fantastic,” Sigurdsson said. “Things didn’t work out for him at Chelsea but that’s probably one of the hardest jobs (in football).
“You’ve seen so many great managers go there and it hasn’t happened for them. But I think he’s going to do right at Tottenham. You see the players, they are enjoying training.”