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Gollini aiming to be the ´future of Tottenham´ after arriving from Atalanta

SoccerNews in Serie A 24 Jul 2021

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Tottenham have confirmed the signing of Pierluigi Gollini from Atalanta, with the goalkeeper initially joining on a season-long loan deal that includes an option to buy.

Gollini has played 89 Serie A games across the past five seasons for Atalanta, having joined the Serie A club after a spell in English football at Aston Villa.

The 26-year-old had previously spent time at Manchester United earlier in his career, too, but it was at Hellas Verona where he made his first-team debut during the 2014-15 season.

After representing Italy at youth level, he made his debut for the Azzurri when coming on as a late substitute in a Euro 2020 qualifier against Bosnia-Herzegovina in November 2019, though that remains his only international appearance to date.

Now part of Nuno Espirito Santos’ squad at Spurs, Gollini is looking forward to working alongside Hugo Lloris – but also plans to prove he is a long-term option to be the new number one.

“I’m very happy for this opportunity. It’s a massive club and a big chance for me. I’m blessed and proud to be here. I’m so happy just to be part of this club and join this team of great players,” he told Spurs TV.

“I’m young, but not too young. I’m here to show I can be the future of Tottenham.

“Obviously, I’m here with Hugo. I have huge respect for him, he is a legend at this club. He’s the captain and a world champion, so it’s a privilege and an honour to work with him and train with him. I’m sure I can learn a lot from him.

“The squad is really, really good. As a team, we should be ambitious. We should try to win something, because this is a big club. Winning has to be the goal.”

Confirmation of Gollini’s arrival comes the day after Spurs announced Son Heung-min had signed a new long-term contract.

However, doubts still remain over the future of Harry Kane. The England striker has been heavily linked with a move to top-flight rivals Manchester City, with reports suggesting it will take a £160million offer to get a deal completed during the current transfer window.

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