Tottenham completed the signing of Ivan Perisic on a free transfer after the Croatian decided against renewing his contract with Inter Milan. He can play as a wing-back as well as a forward and becomes the first signing of the summer window for Antonio Conte. Perisic won the Serie A title under Conte in 2019/20 and has been capped for Croatia 113 times.
“When I got in contact with the coach and the sporting director, I told them I had really wanted to come to the Premier League since 2009 when I started playing professional football in Belgium,” Tottenham new signing Ivan Perisic said. “It’s a privilege to work with a coach like Antonio. It was a perfect year at Inter, I am very pleased to see him again. He lives football every minute, every hour, and every day, even when he’s sleeping he’s thinking about it. I was watching the last two or three games and, after the win against Arsenal, it was obvious Tottenham would reach the Champions League, and it was good for me because I want to play in the biggest games.”
“There is regret. But he wanted to try a new experience in the Premier League,” Inter Milan chief executive Giuseppe Marotta said. “We were not in a position to make better offers, simply his choice was based on a different future than the current one. Maximum respect for that and a big thank you to him as well.”