Recent Tottenham acquisition Emerson Royal stated which club he’ll “surely play for” again, and admitted to be shocked at the differences in the Premier League.
The right-back was a deadline day signing from Barcelona for £25.8m. The 22-year-old has appeared in each of Spurs’ last four league matches. He delivered an encouraging display in their recent 2-1 victory over Aston Villa.
Emerson was recently rewarded with a call-up to the Brazil squad, and admitted in an interview last week he held talks with bitter rivals Arsenal before signing for Tottenham.
Now, opening up further on his move, Emerson told DAZN (via Sport Witness): “The project is to be in a very competitive league, in a club that are going to fight for big things.
“For me it’s an incredible project. When I leave Barcelona and I see that I’m going to come to a very competitive league and to a club like Tottenham which is going to help me a lot, in every way… it’s an incredible project.”
When outlining the differences in style of play between La Liga and the Premier League, Emerson admitted the more hectic English style came as a surprise.
“Here is a more box-to-box game, back and forth and a lot of shock. It changes a bit, Spanish football is a bit more technical. There are teams that play like the Premier, like Getafe, and these teams that fight.
“The difference in the Premier League is the strength and rhythm of the games. There are a lot of crashes. You run a lot. You get very tired and you have to get used to that. In the end, I’m getting used to it little by little and, surely, in a short time I’ll adapt.”
The full-back reflected positively on his stint with Real Betis. Emerson had spent his last two years with the Spanish side while dual-owned between Betis and Barcelona.
And given his stellar treatment from Betis, Emerson revealed he’d like to play for the Spanish stalwarts again one day.
He concluded: “They helped me since I arrived. That I came from a Brazilian league that had nothing to do with the Spanish league. Surely, later on, I’ll play for Betis again.”
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Tottenham clause makes sacking Nuno more palatable
Meanwhile, a clause inserted into the contract of Nuno Espirito Santo has emerged which puts the Tottenham manager’s future in serious jeopardy.
Outspoken pundit Paul Merson recently claimed Nuno has “already lost the dressing room”. A series of lethargic displays from Harry Kane have done little to dissuade Merson’s view.
Centre-half Eric Dier publicly backed his under-fire boss, though the latest from the Athletic makes grim reading for Nuno’s chances of seeing a second season.
Via the Daily Mail, they report Tottenham can sever ties with Nuno ‘without having to pay compensation’ if a top-six finish and European football isn’t achieved.
And without a parting fee being required, a barrier between Nuno and the sack has been removed for Spurs supremo Levy.
Per the article, the clause was the brainchild of Levy himself. He is claimed to have ‘negotiated the agreement’ in the summer. For their part, it’s stated Tottenham have denied the clause exists.
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