Yves Bissouma explains decision to sign for Tottenham | Soccer

Yves Bissouma joined Tottenham for Brighton for £25m

Yves Bissouma has joined Tottenham for Brighton in a £25m transfer (Image: Getty)

New signing at Tottenham Yves Bissouma revealed that his desire to play in the Champions League was a big factor in his decision to join Spurs.

The Mali midfielder became Antonio Conte’s third signing of the summer after a £25million fee was agreed with Brighton.

Bissouma has been an integral part of the Seagulls’ improvement under Graham Potter and his fighting style will add much-needed steel to Spurs’ engine room next season.

The 25-year-old has been regularly linked with Arsenal and Manchester United in the past but neither side will appear in elite European competition next season.

United endured a miserable season under Ole Gunnar Solskajer and later his provisional successor Ralf Rangnick, while the Gunners missed out on fourth place after a late-season collapse that allowed their north London rivals to overtake them.

Reacting to the completion of his move to Spurs, an emotional Bissouma told the club’s official website: “Champions League music, fancy it?

“The emotions are too great. It’s my dream to play the Champions League. When I was young I remember watching the Champions League every day and I can’t believe I’ll play in the Champions League with Spurs. I’m so happy.

“I will try to help the team. We have a good group and a good coach. He is a great coach, everyone knows him and I can take this step with him, he will help me more to be what I want to be and also help the team. I’m really looking forward to playing with him.”

Bissouma joins newcomers Fraser Forster, the former Souththampton goalkeeper, and veteran Croatia winger Ivan Perisic, who arrived on a free transfer from Conte’s former club Inter.

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