Tottenham’s new record signing Tanguy Ndombele wants to bring silverware to the club – as Spurs seek to end an 11-year wait for a major trophy.
The 22-year-old France international joined Spurs on Tuesday, with the Lilywhites winning the race for a player widely regarded as one of the best young midfielders in Europe.
He joins for price that could rise to £63million – £20million more than Tottenham’s previous transfer record.
His arrival, on a six-year deal, is a real statement from Spurs, after boss Mauricio Pochettino called on the north Londoners to start acting like a big club following their run to the Champions League final last season.
Ndombele is highly rated and also attracted interest from Manchester City and Juventus, but sees his future at Spurs.
And he explained his reason for choosing Tottenham ahead of other interested clubs – and winning silverware is one of his key ambitions.
“For me, it’s been a dream of mine since I was a kid to play in the Premier League,” Ndombele told the club’s official website.
“Now I can make that dream come true right here.
“I can’t wait, I’m excited at being able to play in the Premier League and I’m hoping that we can achieve great things with the team.
“I hope to be able to bring what I know I can do – to do my bit for the team.
“The squad works really well together so I hope to start well, integrate, settle into the group and then continue in the same way.
“To win silverware, that’s also why I am here.”
“I am very happy to be here and looking forward to playing in the new stadium.
“It’s very simple for me – Spurs are in the top four teams right now in England.
“I believe that my style of play is well suited to English football and Tottenham are giving me the opportunity to show that, so I am extremely happy to be here.”
Ndombele’s aim to win silverware with Spurs comes with the club in the midst of a trophy drought that has lasted over a decade.
The north Londoners’ most recent major competition win came all the way back in February 2008, when Jonathan Woodgate scored the decisive goal in a 2-1 defeat of Chelsea in the League Cup final.
It’s been a barren time for Spurs since then, though they have challenged for the Premier League in recent seasons, and last year reached their first ever Champions League final – so things are clearly on the up.
Having gone over 500 days – and through two transfer windows without making any signings – Spurs made two in one day, as Ndombele followed Leeds youngster Jack Clarke through the door.
The 18-year-old joined for an undisclosed fee and will return to Elland Road on loan for the duration of the 2019-20 campaign.