Uruguayan midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur speaks about his main motive behind joining Tottenham Hotspur
The 24-year-old came to Spurs on a frantic deadline day move along with fellow Juventus teammate Dejan Kulusevski. The duo is still getting used to life in the Premier League as Bentancur was handed his first start in their loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers last time around.
The Uruguayan midfielder seems to have been lured by the pull of the former Inter Milan manager who is known to have gotten the best out of several players during his managerial career. He also led the Nerazzurri to their first Scudetto in a span of 11 years whilst bringing out the best amongst players like Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez.
In his interview with Sky Sports, Bentancur highlights how the Italian manager is a big influence. He also shed light on wanting to improve as a player under the tutelage of the 52-year-old manager:
“The fact that [head coach] Antonio Conte was here was a massive factor in helping me make up my decision to join Tottenham, and big motivation. I feel that he can dramatically improve me as a player and I’m looking forward to learning from him big time.”
The Uruguayan could be a breath of fresh air after the club let go of several of its midfielders in January. The Lilywhites shipped Dele Alli out on a permanent transfer to Everton whereas the likes of Tanguy Ndombele, Bryan Gil, and Giovani Lo Celso all left Hotspur Way on loan deals.
This has left the North Londoners short of options in the middle of the park and an exciting addition like that of Bentancur and Kulusevski have helped add a bit more depth. The club seems to be in a bit of a rebuilding phase at the moment with several outgoing whilst Conte tries to imprint his brand of football on the players.
The former Club Atlético Boca Juniors made 181 appearances across all competitions for the Italian club across all competition to date during which time he chipped in three goals and 18 assists. This showcases that the youngster has already gained a plethora of experience at the top level and at 24, still a majority of his peak footballing years ahead of him.
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The fans would be hoping that he can showcase some of that longevity with the club coupled with a strong presence at the back. The Premier League can be an unforgiving place but it can also bring out the best in some players. The Spurs faithful will be hoping that the latter is true when it comes to the Uruguayan midfielder.