Tottenham signs Gedson Fernandes on loan from Benfica

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Tottenham has signed Benfica’s Midfielder Gedson Fernandes on an 18-month loan deal.

Gedson made his debut for Benfica last year and included in his deal is an option to buy.

Fernandes was instrumental in Benfica’s league winning campaign last season having played 53 times for the Portuguese club.

He becomes Jose Mourinho’s first acquisition since the former Manchester United boss took over from Mauricio Pochettino.

“It’s a hard story. My family, they came to London because in Portugal, work is very hard and it’s very difficult to find work,” said Fernandes.

“They did not have a brilliant life but they have a good life here and this is one more motivation for me to be here today. They will help me to settle here.

“For me, it’s one big dream to come to this big club. This is a fantastic challenge that I have accepted and I have to win my challenge.”

Fernandes has not started a game since October but with Tottenham’s midfield fast leaking with both Moussa Sissoko and Tanguy Ndombele out injured and Eriksen is on his way out, the Portuguese could not have had better timing.

“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,” added Fernandes.

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